For Patients

TO OUR PATIENTS,

Welcome to the Boston MFM practice! We are happy you have chosen us to help care for your pregnancy. We are a diverse group of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists with a broad range of expertise in caring for women with pregnancies that are considered “High Risk.” We encourage you to ask us any questions you have at any time about your care. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care to achieve the best possible outcome.

We wanted to give you some information about our office and various locations. We are affiliated with the Beth Israel Deaconness network and the Steward Healthcare network as well as a number of insurance carriers in Massachusetts

Our main office is located at One Brookline Place, Suite 301, but we also see patients at other locations such as:

  • Steward Healthcare Hospitals
  • Falmouth
  • Worcester
  • South Shore Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Fall River
  • Concord
  • Plymouth
  • Quincy etc.

We travel to these locations in case they are more convenient for you. We provide pre-pregnancy consultation, screening for chromosome anomalies, prenatal diagnosis such as amniocentesis or chorionic villous sampling (CVS), and a wide range of fetal testing.

Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am-5:00pm. We have a team of very experienced high risk nurses who can answer your questions during the day. There is a physician on call at the hospital any night or weekend for emergencies as well. Please call our office number to be in touch anytime. We want to make sure all your questions are answered at your office visits and in between.

Meet Our MFM Board Certified Physicians:

Bruce Cohen, MD sees patients at One Brookline Place in Brookline, St. Elizabeth Medical Center and at 11 Nevins Street in Brighton. He is widely experienced in multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets and higher), fetal anomalies, genetic disorders, and more.

Diana Rodriguez, MD cares for patients in Concord, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Norwood Hospital. She has a wealth of experience in all facets of high risk pregnancy

Kee Hak Lim, MD sees patients in Plymouth, South Shore Medical Center and Good Samaritan Medical Center. He is widely experienced in pre-eclampsia, hypertension, previous pregnancy complications, genetic disorders, CVS testing and more.

Henry Roqué, MD sees patients at Morton Hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center in Springfield. He is widely experienced in clotting and bleeding disorders, fetal abnormalities, and more.

Tamara Takoudes, MD sees patients at South Shore Hospital, Worcester and Falmouth. She is widely experienced and serves as the Director of MFM for South Shore Medical Center. She is very well versed in diabetes as well as other complications of pregnancy such as fetal anomalies, preterm labor, CVS testing and more.

Albert Franco, MD cares for patients at South Shore Hospital, Fall River, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and is the Interim Chair of OB GYN at Good Samaritan Medical Center. He is thoroughly knowledgeable in all aspects of high risk pregnancies.

Achilles Athanassiou, MD is the newest physician to join our group. Achilles works in Quincy and at South Shore Hospital. Achilles is well known in the south shore region, caring for high risk pregnancy patients over several years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Please call our office with any questions or to schedule an appointment with our administrative staff to help coordinate your care. We are extremely fortunate to have very well-trained nursing and medical assistants who will make you feel comfortable when you come for your appointments.

We often will co-manage your pregnancy with your obstetrician and make same day recommendations and consultations to your primary provider. We hope you will share with us anything we can do to make your pregnancy as manageable as possible despite your high risk conditions.

Sincerely,

The Boston MFM team

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Understanding Your Insurance Benefits

This letter may help you better understand the medical charges for the services and visits you have with our group. Some of the wording or language on your insurance bills can be confusing and hopefully this letter will clarify some of it for you.

  • Insurance Benefits: Before your visit, please call your insurance provider to confirm your coverage for your pregnancy. Make sure to tell them we are “Maternal-fetal medicine” or “Perinatal” specialists.
  • Referral: It is important that you have a referral for your visits with the Boston Maternal Fetal Medicine practice as we are a sub-specialty practice. You are responsible for calling your insurance or your primary care physician prior to your visit for a referral. Even if you have not required this in the past, if your health plan requires authorization, you will need one to see our specialists. Authorizations can be difficult to obtain once you have completed the visit.
  • Co-pay: For most health plans, you will pay a “co-pay” for each visit to the office. This co-pay varies depending on your specific plan. This payment is expected at the time of your visit. You will be charged the co-pay for an “out-patient visit.”

You may receive separate bills from your insurance plan for your visit and the ultrasound, depending on your insurance. Please contact your insurance carrier if you have questions about your out-of-pocket expenses or coverage.

Please note that billing practices for services provided by Boston Maternal Fetal Medicine at one location (e.g. One Brookline Place) may be different from other locations, even if you are seeing the same physician or having the same visit type.

If you have questions about your bill or co-payments, please feel free to contact our billing office at 781-434-6450.

Sincerely,

The Boston Maternal Fetal Medicine Team

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Pregnancy Medical Reference Sheet

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General Pregnancy Resources

Please follow the following links for additional pregnancy information.

Basic information and timeline:

Breast feeding:

Nutrition:

Vaccine information:

Labor and delivery:

  • Text: High-Risk Pregnancy Resources
    Please follow the following links for more resources regarding specific high-risk pregnancy topics.

Reasons a patient may see a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist

AMA – “Advanced Maternal Age”:

Multiple gestation:

Preterm delivery:

Preeclampsia and Hypertension:

Abnormal placentation:

Recurrent pregnancy loss:

Fibroids in pregnancy

Diabetes in Pregnancy

Seizure disorder

Lupus

Fetal anomalies:

Stillbirth:

Support groups for high risk patients/conditions:

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