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

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Dr. Richard O Jones, MD
Specializes in Maternal and Fetal Medicine
2401 South 31st Street; Scott & White Dept Obgyn
Temple, TX
 

Dr. Richard Jones practices maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). He attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center. Dr. Jones's clinical interests include high risk pregnancy. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. Dr. Jones has received distinctions including United States Army Commendation Medal; United States Army Meritorious Service Medal; and Fitzsimons Army Medical Center Graduate Medical Education Award. He is professionally 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, who practices in Temple, TX, is a medical specialist in maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology) and obstetrics. He studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Drever completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Drever include high risk pregnancy. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars. Dr. Drever is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical interests: High Risk Pregnancy

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

Dr. Paula Smith's area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). In her practice, she is particularly interested in high risk pregnancy. Dr. Smith takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Dr. Smith attended Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. She has received the following distinctions: 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, Pregnancy, Prenatal Care, High Risk Pregnancy, Prenatal Screening, Prenatal Diagnosis

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

Dr. Steven Allen's area of specialization is maternal and fetal medicine (perinatology). Dr. Allen studied medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. He is especially interested in high risk pregnancy. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He is affiliated with Scott & White Healthcare.

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Clinical interests: High Risk Pregnancy, Prenatal Diagnosis

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What is Maternal and Fetal Medicine?

Maternal and fetal medicine (also called perinatology) is the specialty 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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