Center for Maternal Fetal Health

If your pregnancy is considered high risk, your healthcare provider may refer you to St. Joseph Hospital's Center for Maternal-Fetal Health. Located in the St. Joseph Hospital Outpatient Pavilion, the center provides comprehensive, on-site services in a warm, caring and compassionate environment.

Families benefit from the expertise of our multidisciplinary team

St. Joseph Hospital has partnered with the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, board-certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists. In addition to our skilled team of perinatal specialists, expert ultrasound technicians, experienced RNs, and state-of-the-art technology enhance our ability to accurately diagnose and provide reassurance, thus improving outcomes.

Our location

1140 W. LaVeta Ave., Ste. 805,
Orange, CA 92868.
(714) 744-8713

Our Services

  • Non-stress test - This test consists of placing two belts on your tummy: one for your baby’s heart rate and one to monitor for possible contractions. Your baby’s movement and how his/her heart rate responds to movement helps us evaluate your baby’s well-being.
  • Prenatal ultrasound with 3D/4D capabilities - Various ultrasound screenings enable us to closely follow fetal development and growth through each stage of pregnancy. A perinatologist will review the results and report them to your obstetrician the same day you are tested.
  • Nuchal Translucency (NT) - This ultrasound screening, performed during the first trimester or by 14 weeks gestation, can provide reassurance or determine whether your baby is at risk for chromosomal abnormalities.
  • Fetal Echocardiography - This is a specialized ultrasound that details the structure of the baby's heart.
  • Genetic testing and counseling - If you have a family history of certain diseases, genetic testing can be used to find out if these diseases can be inherited. A genetic counselor will answer your questions and explain genetic information in easy-to-understand terms.
  • Amniocentesis - A small sampling of amniotic fluid is collected during the second trimester if it is suspected that your baby may have a possible chromosomal abnormality such as Down syndrome or other genetic conditions. An amniocentesis may be recommended by our perinatal specialists.
  • Chorionic Villus sampling (CVS) - A small sampling performed during the first trimester or before 14 weeks gestation also provides information on chromosomal abnormalities if needed.

Common Maternal-Fetal Health Conditions Treated

  • Multiple gestations (twins, triplets, etc.)
  • Fetal anomalies
  • History of fetal or genetic anomalies in a prior pregnancy
  • History of preterm birth or labor
  • Advanced maternal age
  • Diabetes, both gestational or Type I or II
  • Maternal hypertension