Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Obstetrics

Message from Yasser El-Sayed, MD - Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics, Obstetrician-in-Chief, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital; Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health, Stanford University School of Medicine

The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics at Stanford University School of Medicine is a premiere patient care, teaching and research center. Our mission is to provide the highest quality care for women experiencing both normal and complicated pregnancies in a collaborative setting with our colleagues in multiple other disciplines including pediatrics, cardiology, surgery and anesthesia. We provide the full range of services and amenities for our patients with  normal pregnancies, as well as specialized care as needed. Our patients have ready access to genetic counseling and prenatal diagnostic options including comprehensive and targeted ultrasounds, first trimester screening, chorionic villus sampling, amniocentesis and percutaneous umbilical blood sampling, among others.

Our expert faculty of 12 highly trained maternal-fetal medicine specialists have extensive experience in the management of the most complex maternal and fetal disorders  In addition to our  high risk obstetrics faculty, our team of general obstetric specialists provide services to the broader community of women with normal, low-risk pregnancies.

Our nationally distinguished division members have special expertise in areas such as prenatal genetics, endocrinology, autoimmune disorders, preterm labor, multiple gestations, and perinatal infectious diseases.  We currently not only serve the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital community, but also have 5 satellite centers, serving patients spanning Redwood City to the Santa Cruz and Salinas areas.  We provide outstanding care and support for complex fetal patients, expectant mothers and families at the Center for Fetal and Maternal Health provides (CFHM).  Furthermore, our specialized Program for Placental Disorders within the CFHM provides comprehensive and collaborative care to pregnant women with abnormal placentation (previa, accrete, increta, or percreta). More 

An important dimension of our clinical expertise is our teaching and research commitments. We train the next generation of obstetricians and gynecologists and maternal fetal medicine specialists who will be responsible for the care of women and advancement of the field in the future. This educational process is tightly integrated into our clinical care, and allows for outstanding and compassionate patient care in a highly supervised setting.

Our research involvement is extensive. Our Division engages in many clinical trials attempting to address important and unanswered questions. We have studies that cover a broad range of obstetrical care issues and encourage our patients to participate in these studies if they are so inclined. Additionally, our division is a part of leading research consortiums and collaborations, including March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network research consortium. 

We offer the very best in normal and high risk obstetrical care in a safe and compassionate setting.