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High-Risk Obstetrics Treatment Information
From “routine” high-risk—such as gestational diabetes, pregnancy-related high blood pressure and multiple births—to the “super” high-risk—including premature labor, mothers with cardiac disease and babies with complex congenital defects—IU Health offers the full continuum of maternity care.
Highlights of our services include:
- Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. If your baby is expected to require intensive support after birth, a special team from our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) will be present at your delivery to provide the care your baby needs. Several IU Health hospitals have a Level III NICU staffed by neonatologists (newborn specialists) from Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health to provide care to critically ill babies. Neonatologists and perinatologists (doctors who specialize in high-risk pregnancies) work together with pediatric cardiologists, surgeons, neurologists, urologists, nurses and many others who are experts in the care of infants and children. Our staff will help you prepare for your baby's special needs as you return home.
- Multiples. While being pregnant with more than one baby is exciting, it is important to understand that a multiple pregnancy increases the risk for complications. More frequent prenatal visits may help detect complications early enough for effective treatment or management.
- Genetic counseling. Our staff of physicians and genetic counselors provide individualized counseling to help you and your partner determine your chances of having a baby with a birth defect or genetic problem. It can also help to identify patterns of inherited problems, if any exist. The counselor will answer your questions and review your family and pregnancy history.
- Prenatal testing. Several important prenatal tests are available to screen for genetic problems such as neural tube defects, ventral wall defects, Down syndrome, chromosomal problems and congenital heart problems. Diagnosing a birth defect in the womb allows you and your doctor to work together to plan your pregnancy care. If any problem is detected in your pregnancy, we offer a variety of individualized counseling and support services.
- High-resolution ultrasound. High-resolution ultrasounds offer a very clear picture of your baby, almost like having a photograph of your new arrival! This ultrasound allows your providers to determine the baby’s growth and to monitor mom and baby’s health. Ultrasounds do not emit radiation and are safe for mother and child with no known risks.
- Cesarean section. IU Health is more than prepared to assist you should you need to give birth through cesarean section (C-section). Sometimes you will know in advance that this is necessary and we can schedule your delivery. Other times, your physician may help you decide that you need a cesarean during your labor process.
- IU Health LifeLine. In the event of an unexpected complication at a location that is not equipped for high-risk birth, patients can be transported by helicopter to a hospital that specializes in high-risk births. IU Health LifeLine helicopters are fully equipped to care for mother and infant if delivery happens en route.
- Support programs. IU Health offers compassionate care for families who face serious complications with their unborn baby, or experience a loss of a pregnancy through miscarriage, stillbirth or death soon after birth. Caregivers offer personalized options for care prior to admission, throughout your hospital stay and after discharge. Our goal is to help families cope with day-to-day life, and changing relationships with friends, family, themselves and each other.
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High-Risk Obstetrics Support Services
Resources and information for women who are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy are available from a variety of organizations.
A Sampling of High-Risk Obstetrics Support Services
Sidelines National Support Network
This nonprofit organization provides international support for women and their families experiencing complicated pregnancies and premature births.
Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc.
This organization seeks to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life.
March of Dimes
This national organization seeks to help mothers have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.
American Academy of Pediatrics
National organization of pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescent and young adults.
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
This organization strives to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy and supports individuals and families living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
This is the agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services whose mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.