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We found 4 perinatologists who accept HealthSmart near Commerce Township, MI.

Dr. Theodore Benjamin Jones, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
1 William Carls Dr - Perinatology
Commerce Twp, MI
 

Dr. Theodore Jones is a medical specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. He attended Temple University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Baylor University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Jones has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Hutzel Women's Hospital, and Oakwood Hospital - Wayne.

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Clinical interests: Prenatal Ultrasound, Diabetes, Pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, Prenatal Diagnosis, Infections

Dr. Bernard Gonik, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
1 William Carls Drive
Commerce Township, MI
 

Dr. Bernard Gonik's area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). His clinical interests encompass high risk pregnancy and genetic issues. His professional affiliations include Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Harper University Hospital. Dr. Gonik honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans. He is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Gonik has received the distinction of Detroit Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Genetic Issues, High Risk Pregnancy

Dr. Karoline Suzanne Puder, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
1 William Carls Drive
Commerce Township, MI
 

Dr. Karoline Puder's specialty is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). In her practice, she is particularly interested in genetic issues and fetal echocardiography. Dr. Puder accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her professional affiliations include Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Harper University Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Fetal Echocardiography, Genetic Issues, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. David Ray Bryant Jr., MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
1 William Carls Dr - Perinatology
Commerce Twp, MI
 

Dr. David Bryant specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and practices in Commerce Township, MI, Detroit, MI, and Southfield, MI. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and United Healthcare Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bryant graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Hutzel Women's Hospital, Wayne State University Physician Group (WSUPG), and Harper University Hospital.

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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.