Maternal Fetal Medicine
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Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Our division provides comprehensive expertise on both maternal and fetal complications during pregnancy and postpartum.

The Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine team includes MFM providers, genetic counselors, sonographers, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, care coordinators, and social work colleagues. We provide coordinated interdisciplinary care for any high-risk pregnancy need including cardio-obstetrics, fetal surgery, diabetes and metabolic health, and mood and addiction use disorder in pregnancy.

The Maternal Fetal Medicine division's team provides MFM outreach care through partnerships, innovative telemedicine platforms, and in-person services to rural areas within our state to maximize the opportunity for patients and families to stay in their home communities for care. Our active research, education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) missions are intricately woven into our clinical work.

Clinical Care
Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinical Care
23,000+ Annual Ultrasounds
5,600+ Antenatal Testing Visits
439 Mile Radius of Care in Michigan

Our MFM program spans the depth and breadth of maternal and fetal needs and provides care across the pregnancy spectrum, from optimizing health during the pre-conception period, antenatal and delivery management, and innovative postpartum care. Our practice encompasses inpatient, outpatient, imaging, and outreach care so that each patient can have a tailored plan for high-risk care that meets their individual needs.

In addition to our general MFM clinics, we have specialty clinics – all located in one, centralized location – so that patients and families can easily coordinate care during pregnancy. These multidisciplinary clinics include cardio-obstetrics (MFM + Cardiology), metabolic health and infertility (REI + MFM + nutrition + obesity medicine + social work), Partnering for the Future (MFM + psychiatry + social work), PAS Team (MFM + Gynecologic Oncology + trauma surgery). Our fetal diagnosis and treatment center provides detailed obstetric imaging and multidisciplinary coordinated care for patients with fetal anomalies including fetal interventions such as in-utero myelomeningocele repair, shunt placement, EXIT procedures, and intrauterine transfusion/medication administration.

We provide MFM care in multiple locations in Northern Michigan serving a large rural area using innovative telemedicine, in-person services, and partnerships with obstetric provider colleagues in these areas to ensure that every pregnant individual in the state of Michigan has access to the high-risk care that they need. We work collaboratively with our complex family planning group to ensure that patients and families have all available reproductive options available before, during, and after pregnancy.

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Maternal Fetal Medicine
Radius of Care

Our faculty provide MFM care across both the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. We partner with patients, providers, and health systems using both in-person and telemedicine care to ensure access for any patient or family who needs it.


The Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship provides trainees with the knowledge, skills, and experience vital to becoming successful leaders in the field of MFM, no matter what career path they choose. Over the course of our 3-year program, fellows gain 12 months of research experience, 18 months of clinical training, and the opportunity to take 6 months of electives.

Fellows also have the opportunity to spend 4 months in our Fetal Diagnostic and Treatment Center which sees more than 15,000 patients a year and offers a full range of fetal procedures including intrauterine transfusion, laser ablation for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, in utero myelomeningocele repair, and tracheal occlusion for severe congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship

The goal of the maternal fetal medicine fellowship is to help advanced trainees identify their paths as future leaders in maternal and fetal medicine and to provide them with resources for their individual success.

George Nolan Lectureship

The George Nolan, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology MFM Lecture Series was established in 2017 by a generous donation from Dr. Nolan in recognition of Dr. Timothy R.B. Johnson and the accomplishments of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology under his tenure as Chair (1993-2017). Dr. George Nolan is a distinguished former MFM faculty at the University of Michigan (1970-1980) who then went on to be Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Howard University from 1980-1990, and Division Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan from 1990-1999.

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Our multidisciplinary, cutting-edge research portfolio includes basic, translational, epidemiologic, and health services research focused on key unsolved obstetric problems. Current MFM division members have funding from NIH, major foundations, and the University to conduct randomized control trials as well as innovative translational research.

The Program in Research and Innovation on  Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes (PRIMO) is a collaborative obstetric research group with investigators from many different fields across the University of Michigan, including MFM, engineering, neurology, pediatrics, to bring diverse sets of experience and creativity to obstetric research within the department of OBGYN. We will focus on closing critical knowledge gaps, improving the safety of modern obstetric care, and translating this knowledge onto national platforms.

Division Leadership
profile-molly-stout-2023 Molly Jean Stout, MD, MSCI
Morton R Lazar Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Innovation
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Section Head, Maternal Fetal Medicine