Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Perinatology)

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UW Health Services

Maternal Fetal Medicine

The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) is comprised of four Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialists and three fellows in-training. We practice at Meriter Hospital and at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinic. We provide highly specialized high-risk obstetrics services to women of all ages that are unparalleled in our community. Our clinical mission is focused on healthy mothers and healthy babies in Wisconsin.


Our physicians provide out-patient and in-patient care for high-risk obstetrics primarily at Meriter Hospital. We also provide in-patient obstetric consultations and care for patients with complex medical and surgical problems admitted at UW Hospital and Clinics. We provide pre-conception counseling for medical problems and consultations for medical and surgical problems of on-going pregnancies.


Caring for the High-Risk Patients


We are skilled in a wide variety of prenatal diagnostic procedures including first-trimester screening ultrasound evaluations, chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis and in-utero fetal transfusion treatment. We perform anatomic assessments and targeted evaluation of the fetus for patients delivered at Meriter and for patients referred from southcentral Wisconsin.


We work collaboratively with the team of genetic counselors at Meriter and the subspecialists in clinical genetics at the UW Waisman Center. At Meriter, we provide high-risk obstetrics coverage in support of all the obstetricians practicing at Meriter Hospital.


We are responsible for accepting all the high-risk obstetrics patients referred from outlying hospitals. MFM provides consultations for prenatal surgical problems of the babies in collaboration with the UW neonatologists at Meriter and the pediatrics surgical subspecialists at the UW American Family Children’s Hospital. We practice excellence of clinical care for high-risk obstetrics with kindness and compassion.


Devoted to Education


We lead the department's mission on obstetrics education. MFM is devoted to the education and training of medical students and residents. We teach on labor and delivery, in the operating room, in the high-risk obstetrics clinic and in the classroom. We practice and set standards of evidence-based medicine for obstetrics for the community. Our division runs the fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, approved by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Our fellowship includes a Masters’ Degree through a collaborative arrangement with the UW-Graduate School’s Endocrinology Reproductive Physiology program. Our goal is to train physician scientists as the next generation of physician leaders.


Basic and clinical research is of critical importance for improving our understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of pregnancy. We partner with members in the Reproductive Sciences Division of our department for the research mission, who have an enviable track record of basic research in perinatal vascular biology. Collectively our two divisions form an intellectual powerhouse in perinatal biology in Wisconsin and beyond.


Meet Dr. Bukowski in Words and Pictures
View Heather Bankowski's audio slideshow

A Day in the Life: Heather Bankowski, DO


Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow Heather Bankowski, DO, chose to go in to perinatology because she enjoys caring for pregnant woman. For her, it is exciting and rewearding to help a mom and baby, or babies, safely through pregnancy.


Meet Heather Bankowski, DO, in words and pictures: View her audio slideshow 


Meet Our Patients


What Are the Odds: Courtney Wood's Story

Caring for Concerns: The Turdot Family and the Center for Perinatal Care

Leo and Baby Grace