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

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

Dr. Richard Jones is a maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) specialist. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Jones's training includes a residency program at Tripler Army Medical Center. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include United States Army Commendation Medal; United States Army Meritorious Service Medal; and Fitzsimons Army Medical Center Graduate Medical Education Award.

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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. Dr. Drever is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Drever attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Drever speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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

Dr. Steven Allen is a specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). He works in Temple, TX. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare. Dr. Allen is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis.

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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 physician who specializes in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Smith is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. She attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She has received distinctions including 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. Dr. Smith 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.
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