Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist

Integrative Obstetrics

Collaborative OB-GYNs and Midwives located in Jersey City, NJ

Virtually all expectant mothers share the same desire to have a normal pregnancy, a comfortable labor and delivery, and a healthy baby. But not all pregnancies are routine. Some require extra care to help ensure a healthy and successful outcome. Maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) obstetricians are specially trained to manage high-risk pregnancies. At Integrative Obstetrics & Mindful Midwifery, MFM specialist Dr. Yaakov Abdelhak partners with board-certified nurse midwife Kristin Mallon to offer their high-risk moms-to-be the best possible care. The practice has three convenient office locations in Saddle River, Hackensack, and Jersey City, New Jersey so call or book your appointment online today.

Maternal Fetal Medicine - High Risk OB Q & A

Dr. Yaakov Abdlehak
is a High-Risk OB Perinatologist that attends deliveries at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ. He has worked with his team of physicians and midwives since 2002 providing prenatal care and in-labor bedside care from an experienced Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist. The hallmark of Dr. Abdelhak's pregnancy care has always been to provide women with more options in childbirth, lower cesarean delivery rates, better birth experience and better birth outcomes. He has over 20 years experience in vaginal breech, vaginal twins, and vaginal deliveries after cesarean (VBACs). To find out more about Dr. A see his bio


Our High-Risk Pregnancy practice includes these specialties
- Vaginal Twins & Multiples
- Vaginal Breech
- VBAC and VBAC2
- Later Childbearing (women over 40)
- External Cephalic Version
- High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy
- Cerclage & Pre-term Labor Management
- Uterine Anomalies
- Fibroids in Pregnancy
- Placenta Previa
- Diabetes in Pregnancy
- Fetal Echocardiograms & Level II Ultrasounds
- 3D/4D Ultrasound

In Addition we also fully support:
- Midwifery Care
- Prenatal Education
- Labor Coaching
- Nutrition Planning
- Wellness & Prevention
- On-staff Doulas For low or high-risk pregnancies we often personalized preferences in childbirth. Make an appointment with us today.

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What is maternal-fetal medicine?

MFM, also known as perinatology, is the specialty of obstetric medicine that focuses on problems that can affect a pregnancy from the start, or arise any time during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. MFM specialists are high-risk pregnancy experts who work with expectant mothers and their families to successfully navigate and manage any pregnancy that isn’t routine.

Do MFM physicians have special training?

Yes. After graduating from medical school, an OB/GYN who wishes to focus on obstetrics must complete a four-year specialized residency program that involves all aspects of: 

  • Prenatal care
  • Labor and delivery
  • Postpartum care
  • Genetics
  • Genetic counseling
  • Prenatal diagnosis

Obstetricians who decide to further specialize in MFM must acquire in-depth clinical experience with high-risk pregnancies through an additional two to three years of training. This is then followed by a comprehensive exam process to become board-certified. 

What qualifies as a high-risk pregnancy?

When you hear the term ‘high-risk pregnancy,’ you may automatically associate it with some maternal health problem. But simply being over the age of 35 puts an expectant mother in the high-risk category, as does carrying twins or other multiples.

Women who live with a chronic health condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, epilepsy, or kidney disease, have high-risk pregnancies. Likewise, women who develop hypertension, gestational diabetes, or any other significant health problem during pregnancy will also become high-risk patients.  

MFM specialists are also the go-to physicians for pregnant women who have a diagnosed placenta problem or a history of miscarriage, preterm labor, or cesarean delivery. 

What other types of care do MFM specialists provide?

MFM specialists provide special monitoring or care for maternal conditions and health problems. They’re uniquely qualified to manage a wide variety of fetal complications, including:

Birth defects

Advancements in ultrasound technology and prenatal diagnosis techniques have made it possible for MFM specialists to detect many congenital disabilities in utero. In certain cases, Dr. Abdelhak can treat some defects before birth.  

Fetal growth problems

MFM specialists diagnose and manage problems with blood flow to the placenta, which can slow a baby’s growth. They also watch for problems, such as high blood sugar, that may cause a baby to grow too fast.

Fetal infections 

Because certain maternal infections can cause growth problems or congenital disabilities, MFM specialists provide advanced treatment and careful fetal monitoring for expectant mothers with herpes, chicken pox, and other dangerous infections.