We found 4 perinatologists who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas near Temple, TX.

Dr. Richard ONeal Jones, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
2401 South 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Richard Jones is a perinatologist. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Jones's education and training includes medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and residency at Tripler Army Medical Center. He has received professional recognition including the following: United States Army Commendation Medal; United States Army Meritorious Service Medal; and Fitzsimons Army Medical Center Graduate Medical Education Award. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical interests: Ultrasound, High Risk Pregnancy, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Nathan Scott Drever, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Nathan Drever's areas of specialization are maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and obstetrics; he sees patients in Temple, TX and Galveston, TX. Dr. Drever is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Drever has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Rising Stars.

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Dr. Steven Robert Allen, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Steven Allen specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Allen takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Dr. Allen attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical interests: High Risk Pregnancy, Prenatal Diagnosis

Dr. Paula E Smith, DO
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Paula Smith is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) specialist. After attending Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school, she completed her residency training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Smith has received professional recognition including the following: Strong Star in Patient/Clinical Care, Strong Memorial Hospital; Resident's Choice Award, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center; and Ob/Gyn Resident Research Day First Place Award, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical interests: Ultrasound, Prenatal Care, Prenatal Diagnosis

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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.