Care for high-risk pregnancies in Austin and Central Texas

At St. David's HealthCare, 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 with ease or are experiencing a higher risk for complications, our staff is extremely skilled at managing all situations.

For more information about our high-risk pregnancy services, please call the St. David's Help Center (888) 868-2104.

What makes a pregnancy high risk

A pregnancy is considered high risk if a condition gives you and/or your baby a higher chance of experiencing complications. These complications can occur during pregnancy, during labor or after delivery. Specialized maternal-fetal care is available for women who:

  • Are pregnant with twins, triplets or other multiples
  • Develop medical problems during pregnancy, including gestational diabetes and other endocrine disorders, pre-eclampsia (toxemia) and preterm labor
  • Experience premature rupture of membranes
  • Have pre-existing medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer or heart disease
  • Have a history of miscarriage or other pregnancy complications
  • Have abused substances while pregnant
  • Have suspected fetal growth restriction (when baby is not growing enough)

High-risk pregnancy unit at St. David's Women's Center of Texas

Located within St. David's North Austin Medical Center, the St. David's Women's Center of Texas provides an antepartum and high-risk pregnancy unit for women whose pregnancies require specialized care. Our nurses are specially trained in obstetrics and have extensive experience and training to care for women with high-risk pregnancies as well as to monitor the health and well-being of your baby.

Our multidisciplinary women's care team consists of:

  • Obstetricians
  • Maternal fetal medicine (MFM) specialists
  • Neonatologists
  • Neonatal nurse practitioners
  • Registered dietitians
  • Physical therapists
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Social workers
  • Case managers
  • Chaplains

Maternal-fetal care

MFM is a branch of obstetrics that focuses on the medical and surgical management of high-risk pregnancies. To best monitor mother and baby, high-risk patients are often referred to an MFM physician.

Perinatologists are obstetricians who practice MFM and manage, monitor and treat mothers and their unborn babies. These physicians often use ultrasound, chorionic villus sampling, genetic amniocentesis and fetal surgery or treatments. Our perinatologists work alongside the patient's obstetrician to co-manage all aspects of pregnancy and the birthing process.


Sometimes, babies born to mothers who experienced high-risk conditions may need a bit more help and attention once they arrive. Our neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) are designed to help provide stabilizing medical treatment along with developmental care and support to both mom and baby.