There is enough evidence indicating that health is shaped during the primal period (from conception until the first birthday).Many childhood and adult diseases like asthma, hypertension, autism, diabetes, myocardial infarction have origins in fetal life. It also suggests that the way we are born has long-term consequences in terms of sociability, aggressiveness or, otherwise speaking, capacity to love.
The mother and the fetus are physically one integral unit in pregnancy before they are separated at birth. However both the mother and the fetus are actually two different persons with completely different physiological conditions and developmental issues. It has been a breakthrough in Obstetrics over the past few decades to realize that the fetus in utero merits being considered separately from the mother as an individual in need of specific health care.
The concept of Fetal Medicine has this evolved to address the unique health needs of the unborn child – the fetus. Fetal Medicien specialists are basically Obstetricians who have special interest in the problems faced by the fetus and have developed skills to diagnose and solve these problems.