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Welcome to the Maternal Fetal Medicince center. We are happy that you have entrusted the care of you and your unborn child to us. As you get started on your journey, we know that things can seem pretty complicated, so you'll find information here that will help keep things a little more simple. The following is provided to help reduce your anxiety and prevent unnecessary stress.

Before your visit

Prior to your visit, you will want to contact your managed care provider with questions about your insurance coverage, co-payments or deductibles. You may also be contacted by a patient registration representative with benefit information. Depending on your situation, you may want to meet with someone from our social services department for assistance with financial issues.

What you'll need to bring

Bring the following information to your appointment:

  • Your photo identification and insurance card(s)
  • Paperwork for referrals, authorizations and physician's orders
  • At the time of check-in, you will be asked to pay any deductibles, co-payments or unmet out-of-pocket expenses that apply. For your convenience, most major credit cards are accepted

Frequently asked questions

What's the difference between a regular obstetrician and an MFM?

An MFM is an obstetrician who has received three additional years of specialized training on the assessment and management of high–risk pregnancies.

Will I continue to see my OB and my MFM?

Yes, your OB and MFM work together to coordinate care for fetuses and women throughout the pregnancy.

Do MFMs deliver?

Dr. Thigpen is a consult only MFM and does not handle deliveries. He will coordinate with your OB or an MFM that delivers concerning labor and delivery.

How do I know if I need to see an MFM? Who will refer me?

You should see an MFM if the fetus is at risk, or if you are at risk for pregnancy-related complications or have specialized medical concerns. Pregnant women with such risks will be refereed to an MFM by the OB.

Helpful links:

Health Care Notebook – Parents of urology/genitourinary patients have lots things to keep up with: appointments, treatments, medications and home care, to name a few. Our Health Care Notebook can help you keep track of everything, and for older children and teens, provides a way for them to take an active part in their care. It's also helpful when you need to provide information to schools, caregivers and additional health care providers. The planner is FREE and is available online.

Insurance and financial information – Everything you need to understand your bill, answer insurance questions, information on financial assistance, and more.

We're here to help.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 325-690-6680.

Contact us at 325-690-6680