a pregnancy requires extra attention because of special circumstances surrounding
  the mother's health or her baby's development. When that happens, we are here to
  provide you and your baby the very best of care before and after the birth.

A Collaboration of Care

If you are at risk of giving birth prematurely or have other pregnancy-related complications that need close monitoring, our perinatal center provides a team of specialists who will work together to provide your health care before and after the birth. This collaboration between East Tennessee State University and Niswonger Children's Hospital means that you and your baby will receive the best in care.

Johnson City Medical Center

The Family Birth Center at Johnson City Medical Center is dedicated to providing care to women who may be at risk during pregnancy.

Our maternal fetal medicine specialists have the resources to help if you have an underlying condition, complications with prior pregnancies or a suspected problem with your baby. We will work with you from preconception through birth to make sure you and your baby receive the best in care.

Other Services

  • Level III-B neonatal intensive care unit with 39 beds
  • Dedicated children's ambulance and Wings Air Rescue services to provide critical care transport from other hospitals


Collaborative Service
Agreement with:

ETSU Physicians OB/GYN
325 N. State of Franklin Road
Johnson City, TN 37604
Office Hours
Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm  

 ETSU Physicians and Associates Pediatrics
325 N. State of Franklin Road
Johnson City, TN 37604
Office Hours
Mon-Fri, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Every mother anticipates having a healthy pregnancy and normal birth of a healthy infant. But for some women there may be challenges that need to be addressed before pregnancy or while they are expecting.

If you have any of the following, you may be considered
"at risk" before or during your pregnancy:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Infectious disease

If you are healthy, complications may occur during your pregnancy that could put your or your baby's health at
risk such as:

  • Twins, triplets or more
  • A history of preterm labor
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss

To minimize risks to mother and baby, an ETSU maternal fetal medicine specialist will be part of your health care team. We are here to help you manage any problems that may occur during your pregnancy. It is our goal to work with your doctor or nurse midwife to develop a comprehensive plan of care for you and your baby during the birth process.

Genetic counseling can give you an idea if your baby might be at risk for a birth defect or inherited disorder. Your concerns may be due to a family history, abnormal test results, ultrasound findings, medication or environmental exposures.

Your genetic counselor will ask about the health history of your and your partner's family. Your counselor will then assess your risks, help you consider the benefits and risks of pregnancy and different testing options, and explain complex genetic test results. We will work closely with you and your doctor to develop a plan that is best for you and your family.

Women with uncomplicated pregnancies may be referred to ultrasound/genetics between the 16th and 20th weeks of pregnancy for routine evaluation of fetal anatomy. Many structural birth defects can be identified using ultrasound examination during the mid-trimester of pregnancy. Women who exhibit symptoms (such as bleeding) that suggest a possible complication with their pregnancy also may be referred to ETSU Physicians OB/GYN for ultrasound evaluation. A sonographer will perform a complete ultrasound evaluation; a physician will then review these films and perform complex studies as medically indicated.

Consultations with pediatric surgery, pediatric cardiology, pediatric urology, diagnostic imaging, genetics and neonatology may also be considered.

Obstetric ultrasound (including comprehensive ultrasound evaluations of fetal anatomy and prenatal genetic diagnosis) and gynecologic evaluations are provided by the clinical practices of genetics, maternal-fetal medicine and ultrasound at ETSU Physicians OB/GYN. Leading-edge ultrasound equipment and the latest diagnostic techniques are used.