Maternal Fetal Medicine Center

Obstetrical Infectious Disease Clinic

Preventing, diagnosing and managing infections

Pregnant women are at risk of infectious diseases that can affect them and their growing babies. Our maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialists at the Obstetrical Infectious Disease Clinic specialize in preventing, diagnosing and managing infections that can complicate pregnancy. We work with pediatric infectious disease experts to provide care for your baby after delivery, if needed.


Our services for infectious diseases during pregnancy

The Obstetrical Infectious Disease Clinic provides complete care to diagnose, treat and help prevent infectious diseases in pregnant women and their babies. We offer:

  • Experts in infectious disease during pregnancy: Our MFM specialists (Ob/Gyns who specialize in high-risk pregnancy care) have training and experience in infectious disease care and high-risk pregnancy care. We’re at the forefront of new findings through ongoing research for the latest in infectious disease prevention, testing and treatment.
  • A full range of services: We offer prepregnancy counseling to assess and reduce your risk of becoming infected before pregnancy. Our prenatal services include consultations, evaluations, treatments, vaccines and other preventive care.
  • Diagnostic testing: Our team performs tests of blood, urine and amniotic fluid (fluid that surrounds and protects your baby in the uterus). We also offer counseling to explain these tests and their results.
  • Advanced fetal imaging: Specialized imaging technicians perform the latest ultrasound techniques for early detection of congenital (present at birth) conditions, including targeted diagnostic ultrasounds performed as early as 15 weeks.
  • Immediate access to specialized pediatric care: You and your baby have access to experts in prenatal and neonatal care at Texas Children’s Hospital. Texas Children’s Fetal Center™ is a national leader in treating fetal conditions, and our Level II, III and IV neonatal intensive care units (NICU) offer high levels of care for newborns. We coordinate follow-up care after delivery, if needed, with pediatric doctors who specialize in infectious diseases acquired before birth.


Infectious diseases we treat

In our clinic at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, we provide care for complicated infections, including:

  • Common infectious diseases with risk to unborn babies, such as cytomegalovirus, parvovirus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), toxoplasmosis and varicella (chickenpox)
  • COVID-19 and other coronaviruses
  • Emerging infectious diseases, such as hantavirus, West Nile virus and Zika virus
  • Travel exposures to infectious diseases, such as hepatitis A, malaria and tuberculosis