• If you have a high-risk pregnancy, our maternal fetal medicine services provide the specialized care you need close to home.

    Rest assured, the term "high-risk pregnancy" does not automatically mean you will have problems with your pregnancy. It just means that due to a pre-existing health condition or a condition you develop during pregnancy, you may have a greater chance of having pregnancy complications. 

    Maternal fetal medicine gives you the extra monitoring, treatment and attention you and your baby need at times of high risk. In fact, many women deemed "at risk" go on to have problem-free pregnancies and give birth to healthy babies.

    Since 2008, Health Quest has been the only provider in the Mid-Hudson Valley to offer maternal fetal medicine — giving peace of mind to at-risk pregnant women who can receive superior care without traveling far from home. Keeping you and your baby healthy is our top priority.

    Factors that Can Cause Complications

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    Phone: (845) 214-1821

    (800) 421-1220

Pre-existing factors for a high-risk pregnancy can include:

Conditions that can develop during pregnancy include:

  • Preeclampsia, which is high blood pressure during pregnancy that can affect your liver, kidneys and brain
  • Gestational diabetes, which can appear around week 24 and requires immediate attention to blood sugar levels
  • Preterm labor, which is labor that starts before week 37
  • Being pregnant with twins or other multiple babies

If your OB/GYN deems your pregnancy or potential pregnancy high risk, she or he will refer you to our maternal fetal medicine services.

Maternal Fetal Medicine Services

Our comprehensive services are designed to protect both you and your baby. Many pregnancy complications are treatable, which is why it's important to get the care you need. Our services include:

  • Preconception counseling to advise at-risk women who have chronic medical conditions or prior obstetrical complications
  • Genetic counseling and testing for inherited diseases, drug exposures or congenital anomalies Prenatal diagnostic procedures, including serum screening and amniocentesis, which involves taking a small sample of the amniotic fluid to test for genetic problems and disorders such as spina bifida, the abnormal development of the fetal spinal cord
  • Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS), which involves taking a sample of tissue from the placenta to test for chromosomal abnormalities and other genetic problems
  • Targeted diagnostic ultrasound for suspected fetal abnormalities
  • Evaluation and treatment of isoimmunization, which is when the mother and fetus have incompatible blood types
  • Consultation and comanagement of medical and surgical complications caused by pregnancy
  • Specialized procedures for treatment of fetal conditions in utero

Meet Our Providers

Kim Heller, MD
Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist


Maternal Fetal Medicine
Vassar Brothers Medical Center
21 Reade Place Suite 1000
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Phone: (845) 214-1821
TTY/Accessibility: (800) 421-1220

Monday to Friday 8am - 4:30pm

Maternal Fetal Medicine
21 Reade Place, Suite 1000
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 214-1821
Fax (845) 214-1885