Expert high-risk pregnancy care in South Denver
When a pregnancy is classified as high risk, specialized care and additional monitoring from a maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialist, also known as a perinatologist, helps both the mother and fetus to stay healthy. Our perinatal experts will collaborate with your OBGYN to provide comprehensive, coordinated care throughout your pregnancy.
A pregnancy may be considered high risk based on conditions that affect the mother (maternal conditions), the baby (fetal conditions) or both. Maternal conditions may be pregnancy-related or fetal conditions may be discovered through abnormal ultrasound findings. The level of risk involved in each pregnancy is different, depending on the type and number of high-risk conditions present.
Examples of maternal conditions in a high-risk pregnancy include:
- Multiple gestation (twins, triplets, etc.)
- Women who are under the age of 17 or over age 35
- Chronic or new-onset high blood pressure
- History of difficult pregnancies
- Chronic health conditions, such as diabetes
- Pre-term labor
Examples of fetal conditions in a high-risk pregnancy include:
- Birth defects
- Growth abnormalities
- Fluid abnormalities
Should I see a maternal-fetal medicine specialist before becoming pregnant?
If you have a pre-existing medical condition, such as diabetes, lupus, hypertension (high blood pressure) or renal disease, it may benefit you to consult with a perinatologist before trying to get pregnant. Another reason to see a perinatologist include being predisposed to genetic disorders, such as sickle cell disease or Tay-Sachs disease, that affect those of certain ethnicities.
The high-risk pregnancy experts at Sky Ridge can provide management and counseling for mothers who have a child affected by a syndrome or genetic disorder to see how the condition may impact future pregnancies.
Bringing childbirth classes to moms-to-be on bedrest
If your perinatologist recommends you be on bedrest prior to delivery, don't worry about missing out on attending our maternity classes—we will bring them to you! While safely preparing for childbirth in our antepartum unit, you can participate in the classes related to these topics:
- Childbirth preparation
- Baby safe
- Breastfeeding preparation