With a high-risk pregnancy, it's vital that you and receive care from a specially trained health care team.
This specialized care can reduce the risk of complications and help ensure the best outcome for you and your baby.
At the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM), we have expertise in complex pregnancies and preterm births. Our MFM subspecialists are ob-gyn doctors with extra training and experience in managing a wide range of pregnancy complications.
We partner with you, your ob-gyn, and other experts as needed, to care for you before, during, and after your pregnancy.
A high-risk pregnancy is one that is not routine.
It means you or your baby needs special attention and care to stay healthy.
Some moms-to-be are at higher risk from the start of their pregnancy due to their age or a health condition. Others may develop unforeseen problems during their pregnancy.
Doctors regard you to have a high-risk pregnancy if:
Regardless of what puts you or your baby at risk, your MFM care team can help you through any potential problems. Our goal is to keep you and your baby healthy.
Our MFM doctors can provide care throughout all stages of conception, pregnancy, and delivery.
We offer services such as:
We're here for you 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, in case of any emergency.
We can also arrange hospital-to-hospital transport to UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital if you're outside of the Pittsburgh area.
Sometimes a high-risk pregnancy is the result of an existing medical condition. Other times a medical condition might develop during pregnancy, causing a high-risk pregnancy.
Our MFM experts work with you and your health care team to manage:
Learn more and view a list of conditions we treat at the UPMC Magee Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine.
You or your baby may need special check-ins while you are pregnant.
We provide a full range of routine and diagnostic screenings and exams for high-risk pregnancies, including:
Finding out you have a high-risk pregnancy is scary, but we're here to help you every step of the way. Your MFM care team at UPMC is well-prepared to care for you and your baby so you both stay healthy.
Before your first visit, we'll need to learn about your medical and ob-gyn history from your doctors.
They should send us:
If you have a condition that you manage at home — like blood sugar or blood pressure —bring those logs to your appointment.
Also, it can be helpful to bring a list of questions or concerns to discuss with your doctor.
To make an appointment with a maternal fetal medicine expert, call 412-641-6361.
After having a previous miscarriage, Erin turned to UPMC's maternal fetal medicine experts when she became pregnant again — and delivered a healthy baby.Read her story.