Though the vast majority of women will experience an uncomplicated, low-risk birth, that’s not the case for everyone. Approximately 10%–12% of pregnancies are considered “high risk” because complications are present that place the mother or baby’s health or life at risk.
However, with careful management, even high-risk pregnancies can result in healthy outcomes. Specialized care from a team of expert providers, such as the UK Maternal-Fetal Medicine team at UK HealthCare, can make all the difference. Maternal-fetal medicine experts can provide the interventions necessary to give mothers-to-be and babies the extra support they need throughout pregnancy, delivery and, importantly, postpartum when concerns still exist.
Mothers and their unborn babies may benefit from specialized maternal-fetal medicine obstetric care if they have any of these conditions:
- Cancer during pregnancy
- Rh sensitization/Intrauterine fetal care and transfusions
- Repeat pregnancy loss
- Premature labor (preterm birth)
- Poor fetal growth
- Multiple gestations (twins, triplets and more)
- Immune disorders
- Hypertension in pregnancy (preeclampsia and gestational hypertension)
- Gestational diabetes and pre-existing diabetes
- Cervical incompetence (weak cervix)
- Vascular disease
Providers with the UK Maternal-Fetal Medicine program offer services at locations throughout the Bluegrass region.
Do you live far from a UK Maternal-Fetal Medicine office? We’ve got you covered. Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Telehealth program brings advanced, comprehensive care to mothers-to-be who face pregnancy complications. For telehealth appointments, a UK ultrasound technologist travels to locations throughout the Commonwealth and performs fetal ultrasounds. Patients can speak through videoconferencing technology to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, who can review the ultrasounds remotely during the appointment.
Why Choose UK HealthCare for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and High-Risk Pregnancy Care?
From the time you are identified as having a high-risk pregnancy, our providers will build a strong, ongoing relationship with you. Our maternal-fetal medicine and high-risk pregnancy specialists offer regular prenatal care and specialty services, including prenatal diagnostic procedures, amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, first trimester nuchal translucency assessment and ultrasonography. Preconception counseling and genetic counseling are also available.
When the time comes to deliver, families can take comfort in knowing UK HealthCare is ready. UK Kentucky Children’s Hospital is home to an [advanced, Level IV neonatal intensive care unit] with 68 patient rooms, including two twin rooms for families with multiples. The NICU is staffed by dedicated nurses and support staff, including 24-hour respiratory therapy and board-certified physicians. Numerous pediatric subspecialists offer the latest diagnostics, therapies and interventions for premature and sick infants who need advanced care.