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High-Risk Obstetrics

Complications with childbirth can be predetermined, but many cases arise without warning. If the delivering hospital does not have a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) equipped to manage a high-risk birth, it is necessary the mother be transported to a hospital that specializes in these types of births, ensuring mothers and their infants receive the expert care necessary.

High-Risk Obstetrics Technologies

Our helicopters allow full access to the mother, and the large size of our helicopters give the care team room to treat both mother and baby from all angles. In the event a delivery would happen en route to the hospital, we are equipped with specialized equipment onboard each aircraft. Some of this specialized equipment includes:

Transport fetal monitor allows the care team access to continuous monitoring and display of:

  • Fetal heart rate
  • Maternal heart rate
  • Uterine activity
  • Maternal non-invasive blood pressure

Baby pod is designed to safely secure an infant should birth occur during transport at the same time providing:

  • A thermo-stable environment
  • Shock absorption to absorb vibrations during transport
  • Vacuum mattress to limit unwanted movement
  • Viewing lid to protect infant from loose moving objects while allowing visual monitoring
  • Easy access in the event infant needs assistance

High-Risk Obstetrics Team

IU Health LifeLine clinicians provide comprehensive care backed by access to the latest in medical research and treatment options. We provide a labor and delivery nurse for all high-risk obstetrics transports. A labor and delivery nurse (OB RN) is a registered nurse with additional education, specialized training in the field of maternity care and transports. These OB RN’s are also AWHONN certified ensuring patients are monitored accurately in route to the accepting facility. Mother and baby are continuously monitored and have dedicated care 100 percent of the time during transport. Having a labor and delivery nurse onboard also avoids cases where a hospital would have to send their own nurse – allowing every location to maintain the highest level of care.

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