Mother, Daughter and Childs Daughter

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King Edward Memorial Hospital

Maternal Fetal Medicine


About the Service

The Maternal Fetal Medicine Service located at King Edward Memorial Hospital was commenced formally in 1992. The service provides tertiary level ultrasound assessment and diagnosis of pregnancy complications and ongoing pregnancy management by the multidisciplinary Maternal Fetal Medicine team.

The service provides maternal fetal medicine diagnosis and treatment, in particular of conditions such as congenital abnormalities, rhesus disease, intrauterine growth restriction, twin to twin transfusion syndrome and other conditions affecting the fetus.

The Maternal Fetal Medicine Service provides:

  • Ultrasound imaging and diagnosis
  • Fetal medicine consultation and treatment
  • Fetal interventions such as amniocentesis, chorion villus sampling and fetal intravascular transfusion
  • Fetal Echocardiography
  • Fetal MRI
  • Genetic Services of Western Australia – preconceptual, antenatal and postnatal counselling
  • Neonatal Paediatric Services
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Paediatric Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cytogenetics
  • Perinatal Pathology Services
  • Pastoral Care
  • Psychological Medicines

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Ultrasound Diagnostic Services

  • First trimester screening
  • Obstetric ultrasound including mid-trimester 18-20 week morphology scan, fetal biophysical profile and growth assessment
  • Placentation
Fetal face profile at 20 weeks gestation Fetal face profile at 20 weeks gestation

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Fetal Invasive Procedures

  • Amniocentesis
  • Amnioreduction
  • Chorionic Villus Sampling
  • Fetal Blood Sampling
  • Fetal Intravascular Transfusion
  • Fetal Surgery – vesico-amniotic shunt, pleuro-amniotic shunt
  • Fetal Urine Sampling
  • Diagnostic Fetoscopy
  • Therapeutic Fetoscopy including placental laser photocoagulation for Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome
Fetoscopic image of fetal face and hand Fetoscopic image of fetal face and hand

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Contacts and Referrals

Phone (Department) (08) 6458 2700
Fax (Department) (08) 6458 1060
Phone (Maternal Fetal Medicine Midwife) (08) 6458 2705
Email (Clinical Midwife Consultant)

  • Referral to the Maternal Fetal Medicine Service can be made by telephone Monday to Friday 8am-5pm.
  • Telephone consultation with Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists welcomed. Please phone (08) 6458 2222 and ask to speak with Associate Professor Jan Dickinson or Professor John Newnham.
  • All referrals are treated as urgent and will be appointed the next day or as appropriate.
  • The referral letter can be either sent with the patient or faxed directly to the department.

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