For the vast majority of women, pregnancy progresses without problems and ends with the delivery of a healthy baby. However, some women have a "high risk" pregnancy, meaning that they have a greater chance of complications. Fortunately, expert medical care allows most of these women to remain healthy and deliver healthy babies.
If your obstetrician (OB) believes that you have a potential for pregnancy-related problems, he or she may refer you to a perinatologist who specializes in maternal fetal medicine. Most often, this is simply a precautionary measure and not cause for alarm. Our maternal fetal medicine specialists will work together with you and your OB to ensure that you receive the best care.
Our high-risk OB program offers:
- Pre-conception counseling related to recurrent pregnancy loss, previous obstetric complications, genetic risks, surgical risks, or pre-existing medical conditions.
- Genetic testing for an abnormal AFP (alpha-fetoprotein) or quadruple screen test, increased maternal or paternal age, or family history of genetic conditions.
- Prenatal diagnostic procedures, including 3-D and 4-D ultrasound, amniocentesis, echocardiograms and non-stress tests.
- Therapeutic procedures, including amnio infusion, amnio reduction and fetal blood transfusion.
- Diabetes Clinic that includes pre-conception counseling and regular monitoring during pregnancy. Patients may see our registered nurse or registered dietitian for weekly monitoring and counseling, or they may prefer to email their blood glucose measurements to our clinicians for monitoring and advice.
- Monitoring of maternal medical problems, including high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, lupus, kidney disease, rheumatic disorders, gastrointestional disorders, HIV, and other conditions.
- Monitoring of obstetric complications, including preeclampsia, incompetent cervix, preterm labor, fetal growth disorders, multiple gestation, HELLP syndrome, and history of recurrent pregnancy loss.
- Management of pregnancies resulting from fertility treatment to ensure the healthiest pregnancy.