Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine experts care for women with complicated pregnancies. On the other side of the spectrum, our Northwest Hospital Midwives Clinic specialize in assisting normal, uncomplicated births.
Strong relationships with other specialties allow us to provide highly specialized and seamless care to our patients. We are known nationally for our high level of service and quality in resident and fellow education.
Our mission and vision
To provide access to the best healthcare for all women and their fetuses in the state of Washington and the WWAMI region
To be leaders, to innovate, adapt, and find new ways to improve maternal and fetal outcomes
To export new clinical knowledge to the UW Medicine community and WWAMI region
To educate and be mentors for the next generation of physicians and health care providers
To engage in creative interdisciplinary clinical care and cutting edge research
- To be a Center of Excellence in critical care obstetrics, complex maternal conditions, perinatal/prenatal diagnosis, and obstetrical imaging
To be the program of choice in the WWAMI region for referring providers, patients, and insurers
To be leaders in best practices and translational research
What we do
We are high-risk pregnancy experts who treat mothers who face unexpected problems that develop during pregnancy, such as early labor, bleeding, or high blood pressure. We are highly trained specialists with advanced knowledge and training in medical, surgical, obstetrical, fetal and genetic complications of pregnancy.
We currently have fifteen Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty, six Northwest Hospital midwives, four mid-level providers, and five fellows.
- Diabetes in pregnancy
- Prematurity prevention in multiple gestations
- Hypertension and pregnancy
- Infectious disease, HIV in pregnancy
- Perinatal genetics counseling
- Prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy
- Complex maternal diseases
- solid organ transplantation
- maternal genetic disorders
- cystic fibrosis
- adult congenital heart
- Second-trimester termination program for fetal anomalies and complex maternal conditions
We are also engaged in a broad range of research subjects from hypertension in pregnancy, to microchimerism and preeclampsia, and preterm labor and birth.
Our faculty in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine are:
- Edith Cheng, MD, MS
- Catherine Albright, MD, MS
- Colleen Brown, MSN, ARNP, WHNP-BC
- Shani Delaney, MD
- Emily Fay, MD
- Michael Gravett, MD
- Jane Hitti, MD, MPH
- Joseph Hwang, MD
- Alisa Kachikis, MD
- Kimberly Ma, MD
- Stephen McCartney, MD, PhD
- Peter Napolitano, MD
- Raj (Swati) Shree, MD
- Laura E. Sienas, MD
- LaVone Simmons, MD
- Alyssa Stephenson-Famy, MD
The Northwest Hospital Midwives Clinic offers excellent care provided by:
- Deborah Blue, CNM, ARNP
- Mary Bolles Holder, CNM, ARNP
- Yasmeen Bruckner, CNM, ARNP, WHNP-BC
- Mary Lou Kopas, CNM, ARNP
- Victoria Swarthout, CNM, ARNP
- Cindy Rogers, CNM, ARNP
Where we are
Our faculty practice at several sites across Washington, and are continuing to expand our care and services to patients throughout the region.
UWMC is the primary Maternal-Fetal Medicine practice site with approximately 1900 deliveries annually. Most complex maternal and/or fetal medical conditions are referred to our outpatient Maternal and Infant Care Clinic for care.
Our experienced team of certified nurse-midwives has delivered thousands of babies. We collaborate with each woman to create a personalized birth plan, in keeping with individual values, cultural preferences and medical needs. We believe that giving birth is a holistic journey that also includes emotional, spiritual and family-related aspects.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Valley Medical Center is affiliated with the UW Medicine system and does approximately 4000 annual deliveries. Only the highest acuity mothers or fetuses are transferred to UW Medical Center for care.
Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH) is 3.2 miles north of UW Medical Center and the site of a combined Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Treatment Program. All of the pregnancies are delivered at UW Medical Center and the neonates are transferred to SCH.
The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic at Arlington is located about 41 miles north of Seattle. Providers rotate to Arlington so patients only travel to Seattle at the time of delivery. High-risk pregnancies are "virtually" followed through telemedicine at UWMC.
The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic at Yakima is located in eastern Washington, 150 miles east of Seattle. All of the ultrasounds can be "read" remotely at UWMC. During the winter months when the weather prevents MFM faculty from traveling to Yakima, we continue to provide consultations and obstetrical imaging services remotely through telemedicine.
The Seattle Children's Tri-Cities clinic is located about 200 miles southeast of the UW Medical Center in Richland, Washington. Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty provide prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy services at this clinic.
The UW Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic at Olympia is expected to open in 2020, providing necessary care to southwestern Washington state and easier access to residents of the Olympic Peninsula.