If your doctor uses the term “high-risk pregnancy,” it can sound alarming. But rest assured, it doesn’t automatically mean that something is wrong. In fact, most high-risk conditions are manageable. There are several reasons why your pregnancy may be considered high risk:
- A pre-existing health condition
- A history of a prior pregnancy complication
- A suspected abnormality in your developing baby
- Your OB/GYN considers your pregnancy high risk
Health Quest Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists can provide the specialized testing, treatment and monitoring that you and your baby need for a high-risk condition.
Your pregnancy may be high risk from the start, or sometimes an unexpected condition may develop along the way. Our Maternal Fetal Medicine team has the expertise, diagnostic equipment and compassion to consult, support and educate you and your partner. Our goal is to help your pregnancy be as healthy as possible.
Why Choose Us?
- Our Maternal Fetal Medicine practice is focused on providing personalized, comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for pregnant women and families across the Mid-Hudson Valley and northwestern Connecticut.
- We have the technology, expertise and caring hearts to guide you through your high-risk pregnancy.
- You’ll be cared for by an experienced physician board certified in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, also called a perinatologist.
- You will have access to our board-certified genetic counselor.
- We have multiple medical and surgical specialists to help in planning and coordinating care in complex cases.
- You’ll receive high-level obstetrical care in conjunction with your Ob provider at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.
Conditions We Treat
Health Quest Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists treat a range of conditions that can develop during pregnancy including:
- Preeclampsia, high blood pressure that develops during pregnancy, can cause severe illness in mothers and babies and require early delivery.
- Gestational diabetes that requires increased monitoring of the pregnancy and possibly specialized medications.
- Preterm labor, which is labor that starts before week 37
- Being pregnant with twins or other multiple babies
- Being at risk for genetic or hereditary conditions
- Suspected abnormalities identified in the developing baby
If your OB/GYN deems your pregnancy or potential pregnancy high risk, she or he will refer you to our Maternal Fetal Medicine team.
Treatment, Technology and Surgical Procedures.
Our comprehensive services are designed to protect you and your baby. Many pregnancy complications are treatable, which is why it’s important to get the care you need. Our services include:
- Preconception counseling to advise at-risk women who have chronic medical conditions or prior pregnancy complications.
- Genetic counseling and testing for inherited diseases, drug exposures or congenital anomalies
- Prenatal diagnostic procedures including serum screening and amniocentesis. Amniocentesis involves taking a sample of the amniotic fluid to test for genetic disorders such as Down syndrome or spina bifida (the abnormal development of the fetal spinal cord).
- Targeted diagnostic ultrasound for suspected fetal abnormalities using state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging. Specially trained, registered ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) and experienced ultrasound technologists conduct these exams.
- Consultation and co-management of medical and surgical complications during pregnancy, including hospital services and specialized procedures for treatment of fetal conditions in utero
- Availability of Level III NICU services at Vassar Brothers Medical Center for the specialized care of very small or very sick newborns.