High-Risk Pregnancy Specialist in Dallas
Patricia Santiago-Muñoz, M.D., is one of the few and the proud: a maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialist who also delivers babies. And she’s likely among the very few in the Dallas area to have delivered quintuplets.
“Our MFM team will manage or co-manage many common maternal complications, and we will take care of mom throughout the postpartum period,” she says. “Not many MFMs in Dallas-Fort Worth take part in the birth of the high-risk pregnant patients that they consult on, so we’re a bit more hands-on in that aspect.”
Dr. Santiago-Muñoz works in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s High-Risk Pregnancy and Prenatal Genetics Program, where she conducts pre-conception genetic counseling and treats pregnant women with hypertension, diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and other pre-existing conditions such as lung, liver, or kidney disease.
“Ideally, everyone with a pre-existing illness would have a consultation before pregnancy, but it doesn’t always happen that way,” she says.
Her ultimate goal is keeping each mother-to-be and her baby healthy. On the research end, she is conducting a study of risks related to amniocentesis and, separately, investigating the outcomes of infants who have been diagnosed with gastroschisis as well as growth restriction in the womb.
Dr. Santiago-Muñoz knows that her patients sometimes face an uphill battle, but that makes her all the more determined to do what she can to deliver a happy ending.