Maternal-Fetal Medicine

If you find yourself facing a high-risk or complicated pregnancy, now is the time to find out more about the Maternal-Fetal Medicine division of Women's Contemporary Care Associates (WCCA) on Long Island.

The WCCA team of perinatal specialists works together with your obstetrician to help optimize your health ... and the health of your unborn baby. Our affiliation with Winthrop-University Hospital, which is renowned throughout Long Island for its high-risk obstetrics program and our state-of-the-art, patient-centered approach, give options and hope to women who may otherwise be unable to carry a baby to term.

Our comprehensive Maternal-Fetal Medicine program offers:

  • High-risk pregnancy obstetrics care for mothers with such medical conditions as diabetes, hypertension, clotting disorders, renal disease, cervical abnormalities or medication exposure, as well as those carrying multiple fetuses.
  • Fetal surgery, which provides in-utero, often life-saving treatment options to a fetal abnormality that, if left untreated, will cause progressive and irreversible fetal damage as the pregnancy progresses. The only fetal surgery program on Long Island, Martin Chavez, M.D. and his team treat such conditions as fetal anemia, twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and fetal/placental tumors.
  • Advanced diagnostics such as 3D/4D ultrasounds, amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and cordocentesis for a fetus at risk for, or with, conditions such as chromosomal abnormalities and congenital anomalies.
  • Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), which enables the detection of certain chromosomal/genetic syndromes as early as 10 weeks by a simple blood test. This offers reassurance and accurate results without the risk of invasive procedures for certain conditions.
  • Specialized care for pregnant women with diabetes provided by a team of perinatal nurses, a nurse practitioner who specializes in gestational and pre-pregnancy diabetes mellitus and Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists.¬† This multidisciplinary team approach also includes Winthrop-University Hospital¬†Diabetes Education Center all of which helps to improve pregnancy outcomes.
  • Adverse Pregnancy Outcome evaluation and prevention for couples who have a history of preterm delivery, still birth and/or recurrent pregnancy loss. Directed by Wendy Kinzler, M.D., our team of medical experts work with each couple, and their OB/GYN doctor to understand the cause of an adverse outcome, potential future risks and plan for a successful pregnancy.
  • Genetic counseling services for patients who may have special concerns regarding an ongoing or potential pregnancy.

For an appointment with one of the board-certified maternal-fetal medicine specialists, call 516.663.3020.

The WCCA News Network:

  • New test for checking for Down Syndrome in pregnant women. Martin Chavez, M.D., who heads up WCCA's team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists, discusses the new MaterniT21 plus, a simple blood test that can help detect chromosomal/genetic abnormalities such as Down Syndrome as early as 10 weeks into a woman's pregnancy.
  • What is fetal surgery? This and other questions are answered by WCCA's Martin Chavez, M.D. who leads the only fetal surgery program on Long Island. He and his team treat such conditions as fetal anemia, twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and fetal/placental tumors.