Meet Dr. David Nelson
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist

Holder of the:
Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care

Maternal-fetal medicine specialist David Nelson, M.D., helps women with high-risk pregnancies deliver a healthy baby and be healthy mothers.

Several risk factors exist for high-risk pregnancy, including advanced maternal age, lifestyle choices, medical history, pregnancy complications, and carrying multiples.

Dr. Nelson identifies the specific risk that his patients face and devises a treatment plan for each individual. In most cases, he seeks to avoid preterm birth, also known as preterm labor. The earlier preterm birth happens, the greater the health risks for the baby.

“At every patient appointment, we adapt and modify the treatment plan because that patient’s clinical scenario may have changed over the course of her pregnancy,” Dr. Nelson says. “Some of our patients have very complicated medical problems. It’s our job to solve those problems and maintain health for the mother and baby.”

At Parkland Hospital, Dr. Nelson staffs the obstetrics service as well as a high-risk prenatal clinic dedicated to the care of women at the greatest risk for preterm birth. He also leads a depression clinic for women at risk for or experiencing postpartum depression, which can affect five percent to 10 percent of women following pregnancy.

“Postpartum depression can have devastating effects on the mother and the infant, and it can affect dynamics within the family,” Dr. Nelson says. “If we can identify women who are at risk, we can provide interventions that can help reduce that risk after delivery.”