We found 3 perinatologists who accept Blue Shield of California HMO near Pomona, CA.

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Dr. Gina Vernnette Hanna, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Pvhmc Perinatal Center
Pomona, CA

Dr. Gina Hanna is a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). She honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Temple University Hospital and Harlem Hospital Center, Dr. Hanna attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. She is conversant in Spanish.

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Dr. Jeffrey P Phelan, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Legal Medicine, Critical Care
1798 North Garey Avenue
Pomona, CA

Dr. Jeffrey Phelan specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology), legal medicine, and critical care (intensive care medicine) and practices in West Covina, CA, Pomona, CA, and Montebello, CA. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Phelan obtained his medical school training at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and performed his residency at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and Naval Hospital. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors; Alan Tietler Service Award, University of Miami School of Medicine; and United States Navy Commendation Medal, United States Navy. Dr. Phelan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and Spanish.

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Dr. Mark A Curran, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Pvhmc Perinatal Center
Pomona, CA

Dr. Mark Curran is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) specialist. After attending the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Curran speaks Spanish. He welcomes new patients.

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What is Maternal and Fetal Medicine?

Maternal and fetal medicine is also sometimes called high-risk obstetrics or perinatology. All of these names refer to the specialty of medicine devoted to caring for pregnant women and their unborn babies during a pregnancy where there are complications. The goal of this specialty is to reduce stress for the mother and to increase the chances of safely delivering a healthy baby.

In most cases, pregnancy takes place without any problems. There are a few cases, however, where health problems require extra monitoring, testing, and more training than a regular ob/gyn might have. These specialized ob/gyns are perinatologists.

There are many different issues that might cause a patient to be referred to a maternal and fetal medicine specialist. Some of the issues include:
  • Advanced maternal age (over 35)
  • Recurrent miscarriages
  • Premature rupture of membranes, or “water breaking” too early
  • Congenital disorders that may impact birth
  • Multiples (twins, triplets, or higher)
  • Health issues in the mother, including chronic illness (diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, etc.) and infectious disease (hepatitis, HIV)

Services offered by maternal and fetal medicine specialists vary depending on the nature of the concern, but they may include prenatal testing, ultrasound, or diagnostic screening. It is common for a patient to see a perinatologist several times during their pregnancy but for their own obstetrician to deliver the baby. Perinatologists typically do not deliver babies, although they are available for consult if needed.
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