Our labor and delivery teams are dedicated to providing the best possible experience for new mothers and their babies. Whether you are sailing through your pregnancy, or are experiencing issues that put you at a higher risk for complications, our staff is extremely skilled at managing all situations.
What is high risk?
Some women may be at a higher risk for complications during pregnancy for a variety of reasons such as:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Preeclampsia (toxemia)
- Diabetes or other endocrine disorders
- Kidney or gastrointestinal disease
- Infectious diseases
- Abnormal AFP (alpha fetoprotein) blood test
- Twins, triplets or more
- Recurrent pre-term labor and delivery
- Premature rupture of membranes
- Recurrent pregnancy loss
- Suspected fetal growth restriction (baby not growing enough)
Maternal Fetal Medicine To best monitor mother and baby, these patients are often referred to a Maternal Fetal Medicine physician. Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) is a branch of obstetrics that focuses on the medical and surgical management of high-risk pregnancies. Perinatologists are obstetricians who practice maternal fetal medicine. These physicians often use ultrasound, chorionic villus sampling, genetic amniocentesis and fetal surgery or treatment to manage, monitor and treat mothers and their unborn babies. They work side-by-side with the patient's Obstetrician to co-manage all aspects of pregnancy and the birthing process.