Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital
Experts in the full range of female reproductive system services
Do You Need a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Doctor?
A high-risk pregnancy exists when there is a condition that places either the mother or the developing fetus, or both, at an increased risk for complications during or after pregnancy and childbirth. You may benefit from the expertise of an MFM specialist if you:
- Are pregnant with twins, triplets, or more (multiple gestation)
- Have a serious medical condition (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, epilepsy, or asthma or you are critically ill)
- Have a history of pregnancy-related complications (premature delivery, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes)
- Are carrying a baby with birth defects or a genetic disorder or had a previous pregnancy with birth defects
- Have a history of multiple miscarriages
- Have an abnormal placenta (such as placenta accreta, where the placenta grows into the uterine wall)
- Have cancer during pregnancy
- Have a history of a kidney transplant, pancreatic transplant, or bone marrow transplant
Make an Appointment
If you are a new patient interested in seeing a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Hackensack University Medical Center, please have the following information available when you contact us to schedule an appointment:
- Patient’s full name
- Date of birth
- Contact number
- Home address
- Social security number
- Name of referring physician
- Prescription from referring physician (if applicable)
- All applicable medical records
- Insurance information
Please print and fill out the forms listed in the right column of this page and fax all documents to 201-678-9189. You may also scan your documents and e-mail them to MFM@HackensackMeridian.org. When you arrive for your consultation, be sure to bring all relevant medical records as well as the completed Patient History form.
BS, RPh., MBA, Administrator, Pharmacy and Clinical Operations, Maternal-Fetal Monitoring
Nilesh Desai joined Hackensack University Medical Center in 1998 and has served as the director of Pharmacy for five years. Overseeing inpatient, outpatient and retail pharmacies, Mr. Desai also serves as a program preceptor for the post-graduate year 1 (PGY-1) pharmacy residency, and as a clinical adjunct professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the Massachusetts School of Pharmacy.
MSN, PNP, BSN, RN, Administrative Director, Patient Care Services; Maternal Child Service Line
Elizabeth Polanco has administrative responsibility for the women’s service line and overall nursing practice within the specialty, and has oversight of the EEG technical department as well as the lifeline program. Ms. Polanco obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from City College of the City University of New York, and holds a Master of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, from Hunter College of the City of New York.