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Valley Perinatal Blog

About Us

Valley Perinatal is a maternal fetal medicine (MFM) practice dedicated to reducing pre-term delivery and creating the best possible outcomes for high-risk expectant mothers. Directed by Dr. John Elliott, MFM specialists at Valley co-manage pregnant women alongside their OB/GYN, leading to higher gestational ages and decreased NICU admissions.

Announcing the Arrival of Dr. Stephanie Hedstrom, MFM in South Arizona

At Arizona’s Valley Perinatal Services, we are very excited to announce the arrival of Dr. Stephanie Hedstrom, MFM in South Arizona. She will provide her medical services at our Mesa, Tucson, and Sierra Vista locations. Stephanie’s perinatal obstetric specialties include addiction and pregnancy, mental health disorders, nutrition and pregnancy, endocrine disorders, growth restriction, and preterm […]


World Prematurity Day

November 17 is World Prematurity Day. It is observed in order to raise global awareness of prematurity, which is now considered a global health crisis. On this day, organizations such as the March of Dimes as well as consumer and parent groups provide awareness, support, and education for matters related to babies who are born […]


When to See a Perinatologist

For obstetricians, expectant mothers, and others involved in prenatal care, high-risk perinatology can be an important and interesting topic. When does a pregnant woman need to see a perinatologist, and why? How can Ob-Gyn care providers work with perinatal specialists to find positive outcomes for patients? We are here to answer some of these questions […]


Perinatologist vs Obstetrician: What’s the Difference?

If you are expecting a wonderful new addition to your family, you probably have a lot of important questions that need to be answered, especially if you are dealing with high-risk pregnancy. One of the most important questions is whether you need to see an obstetrician or a perinatologist. What does each type of specialist […]