Top Doctor

Barbara O’Brien

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-Boston


Maternal-Fetal Medicine at BIDMC concentrates on the care and management of pregnant women or women considering pregnancy; especially those at high risk for complications. In addition to our fully trained maternal-fetal medicine physicians our team incudes perinatal nurses; sonographers and genetic counselors who work together to provide in-depth and comprehensive care to our patients. Our services include prenatal care for high-risk pregnancies; consultative services for patients being followed by another obstetrics providers; obstetrical ultrasound and diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Awards and/or Certifications:

Excellence in Teaching Award (National Recognition Award) APGO (Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics)

Treatments and Procedures Offered:

Comprehensive Prenatal Care; Consultative Services for high risk patients; Obstetrical Ultrasound Sreening; Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures including: Aneuploidy screening; Non-invasive prenatal testing; Chorionic villus sampling (CVS); Amniocentesis; Fetal blood sampling (PUBS); Fetal Shunting; Genetic Counseling; Expert care in treating placental disorders

What's your background; education and training?

BA College of the Holy Cross Worcester; MA

MD New York Medical College Valhalla; NY

Postdoctoral Training:

Resident OB/GYN Tufts Medical Center

Fellow Maternal Fetal Medicine Tufts

Fellow Medical Genetics Tufts

Insurances Accepted:

We accept most major health plans

What inspired your passion for your profession?

My passion for maternal fetal medicine and medical genetics comes from growing up with two brothers who had genetic disorders. From the time I was very young; and in large part due to everything I watched my brothers and parents endure; I knew I wanted to help families who were in a similar situation as mine. I have a deep appreciation of the fear and anxiety that comes with many genetic disorders I now help families with on a daily basis.

What makes your practice stand apart?

For the past fifteen years; I have been committed to providing care to thousands of women with exceptionally complex pregnancies. Being the best in this field requires a lifelong commitment to go above and beyond in training; research; and clinical practice. To offer the best care to my patients; I obtained board certification in three separate but interconnected specialties; obstetrics and gynecology; maternal fetal medicine; and medical genetics.

What advice would you give a patient looking to find a provider in your specialty?

The unknown is very frightening. Knowledge about the cause of a particular condition is enormously powerful and can help guide families. Genetic testing can provide important information for future pregnancies. It is crucial to identify a health care provider who is appropriately trained and can provide knowledgeable guidance.

Keywords: maternal-fetal medicine; high-risk obstetrics; perinatal genetics

Special expertise

Fetal Ultrasound; Genetic Disorders; Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)


Top Doctor: 2020


Primary Hospital: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-Boston