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Perinatal Diagnostic and Treatment Center

Mission Hospital’s Perinatal Diagnostic and Treatment Center (PDTC) is a referral service for high-risk pregnancies. Your pregnancy is considered high-risk if you have a medical disorder that complicates your pregnancy, or if you or your fetus develop a complication during the pregnancy. The PDTC is staffed by Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) physician subspecialists (i.e. perinatologists) who are leaders in high-risk obstetric care and serve as consultants to general obstetricians. A MFM subspecialist is an obstetrician-gynecologist who has completed two-three years of additional formal education and clinical experience within a board approved fellowship program demonstrating competency in the diagnosis and treatment of women with complications in pregnancy. If your pregnancy is considered high-risk, your general obstetrician may refer you to the PDTC to help manage your pregnancy. The health of both mother and baby are carefully assessed by our specialty trained staff. Our MFM physicians and nurses work closely with your general obstetrician to ensure the best outcome for your pregnancy.

The PDTC staff are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of high-risk pregnancy conditions. In cases when the pregnancy is particularly complicated, or when very close pregnancy supervision is required, the staff can provide complete obstetrical care and delivery.

Our highly trained specialty staff consists of MFM physician subspecialists (i.e. perinatologists), certified registered nurses, genetic counselors, and registered dieticians who provide care with a personalized touch for high-risk pregnant women and their families.

Mission Hospital PDTC offers a wide range of prenatal diagnostic and consultative services including:

  • MFM physician consultations from preconception through delivery
  • Ultrasounds to assess for fetal anomalies
  • Antenatal screening for fetal chromosomal anomalies
  • Amniocentesis
  • Genetic counseling
  • Satellite referral center for the California State Prenatal Screening Program
  • Antepartum testing (nonstress tests and biophysical profiles)
  • Doppler studies
  • 4-D ultrasounds
  • Diabetes education and management
  • Nutritional education

Some examples of maternal and fetal conditions most commonly served include:

  • Multiple gestations (twins, triplets, quadruplets)
  • Fetal anomalies
  • History of fetal or genetic anomalies in a prior pregnancy
  • History of stillbirth
  • History of recurrent pregnancy loss
  • History of preterm birth or preterm labor
  • History of poor obstetrical outcome in a prior pregnancy
  • Cervical incompetence
  • History of cervical surgery
  • Advanced maternal age
  • IVF pregnancy
  • Diabetes (gestational diabetes, Type I, Type II)
  • Maternal thrombophilias (e.g. antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, Factor V Leiden, prothrombin gene mutation, MTHFR mutation carrier)
  • Lupus
  • Maternal hypertension
  • Maternal cardiac disease
  • Maternal lung disease
  • Maternal thyroid disease
  • History of blood clots

The PDTC MFM physicians work closely with the neonatologists and other pediatric subspecialists at CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital. We value this partnership and are committed to providing the best care possible to ensure the best outcomes for you and your baby.

To schedule an appointment, please call (949) 364-4228, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.