Kristine Lain, MD, derives great joy from accompanying pregnant women on their journey toward childbirth.
“It’s a special time in their family’s life. I am honored that we can play a part in that, and hopefully make it better,” says Dr. Lain, a maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialist at KentuckyOne Health High Risk Obstetrics. She joined the practice Nov. 1.
Along with Amy Carrillo, DO, an OB/GYN generalist, Dr. Lain leads what she calls a full-service, “hybrid” obstetrics practice that specializes in high-risk pregnancies, while also screening and caring for low-risk patients. The busy office also includes a nurse practitioner, five clinical nurses, four full-time ultrasonographers and support staff.
While women come to the practice for three main reasons — health complications in the mother, in the baby, or in pregnancy/delivery — the practice also features a fetal diagnostic unit, which performs routine prenatal tests for low-risk patients, such as genetic screening and amniocentesis, anatomy scans and third-trimester testing.
In addition, Dr. Lain’s office provides ongoing blood pressure and blood sugar management for patients with hypertension and diabetes.
Drs. Lain and Carrillo also deliver babies, which is unusual for high-risk practices, Dr. Lain says.
About half of KentuckyOne Health High Risk Obstetrics’ patients come from the Lexington area. The other half comes from Eastern Kentucky.
Some patients will travel three hours for their appointment because the MFM specialty is not available in rural areas of the state, says Dr. Lain.
Dr. Lain graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
She completed her residency, fellowship and early faculty work in maternal-fetal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.
For more about KentuckyOne Health High Risk Obstetrics, call (859) 263-0141.