Patient education and frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

If you have an appointment at one our clinics, here are some frequently asked questions to help you prepare for your visit.

A Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist, also known as a perinatologist, is a high-risk pregnancy expert that specializes in the care of women whose pregnancies may be complicated by chronic or acute medical conditions or conditions affecting their baby.

Minnesota Perinatal Physicians see patients for preconception counseling when there is a concern regarding family history, past pregnancy outcomes or potential genetic and/or medical conditions that might affect a pregnancy. We also see patients at any point during a pregnancy based on concerns noted by your primary care provider/primary care obstetrician.

Patients are most often referred to our clinic by primary care providers/obstetricians or other specialists when there is a concern regarding pregnancy. Providers can complete the service request and enter an order in electronic medical record; or fax a completed referral to our clinic. Patients can be seen by their own request, but they will need to check with their insurance to see if they need a referral as we are a specialty clinic.

Obstetric hospitalists are board-certified OB-GYN physicians who provide an extra level of care support to new moms and babies staying at The Mother Baby Center (Minneapolis and St. Paul locations) on an as-needed basis. Obstetric hospitalists can quickly respond to any situation that may arise in the hospital, and should be considered a partner in a patient's care along with their primary care doctor or midwife and Minnesota Perinatal Physician providers. For high-risk pregnancy care needs, Minnesota Perinatal Physicians providers work closely with obstetric hospitalists in The Mother Baby Center.

In most cases, you will be seen only once or twice by a perinatologist, or care may be coordinated and shared with your obstetrician. In some cases, your primary care provider may determine that a transfer to a specialist is needed based on each woman's medical history and pregnancy complications.

Minnesota Perinatal Physicians is a hospital-based clinic, which means that both a facility fee and doctor's fee may be billed for all visits. If you see more than one doctor in a specialty clinic , you may receive bills by more than one practice. We will be happy to provide you with a list of potential billing codes that may be used for your visit based on the services performed, but we cannot guarantee all codes will be known prior to your visit. Please contact your insurance provider to discuss coverage.

It is not recommended that you bring young children to your appointments. This may prevent you and your partner from being able to fully discuss different aspects of your pregnancy. If you decide to bring your children, please bring someone that is dedicated to stay with them during your visit.

If you have a fever or known contagious illness, please call the office and talk with the nursing staff to determine if you should keep your appointment or reschedule.

For routine ultrasounds, a full bladder is not needed, so feel free to use the restroom while you are waiting. You may be scheduled for any of the following ultrasound exams.

While we have a capacity to do these, this is only used if it provides other specialists with helpful information. You will be offered ultrasound pictures, digital images via email, or a CD to take with you.

The clinic staff will let you know if you should or should not have anything to drink or eat before your appointment. For most visits, you are free to eat before you arrive.