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High-risk pregnancy

A high-risk pregnancy indicates that there is a higher likelihood of a disease or condition that may put you or your baby at risk. This may be because of an existing health condition, a multiple pregnancy or even your age.

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If your pregnancy is high-risk, you are not alone. Our specialized care team is here.

Mission Hospital's labor and delivery team is proud to offer a comprehensive maternal fetal medicine program for high-risk pregnancies. Our specialists provide an added layer of support and monitoring to ensure you and your baby get the attention you need.

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Our maternal fetal medicine program

Your comprehensive team of specialists and high-risk pregnancy doctors works to create a personalized care plan that meets your needs.

High-risk pregnancy care and support

Mission Hospital's antepartum high-risk unit specializes in individualized maternal fetal medicine for women in our surrounding communities. In addition to your high-risk pregnancy doctor, also known as a perinatologist, you have a team of experts by your side, including:

  • Dieticians
  • Obstetric nurses
  • Obstetric specialists
  • Social workers

Perinatal nurse navigator

As part of our commitment to guiding you through your high-risk prenatal care, you will have a perinatal nurse navigator on your team. This caregiver can help with understanding the additional care you need, give you a personalized tour and regularly check in to answer any questions you have.

To enlist the services of a perinatal navigator, your doctor can call us at (828) 213-3548.

What makes a pregnancy high-risk

If your pregnancy has been deemed high-risk, you may wonder why. Some reasons are a matter of circumstance, such as being over 35 years old or having a preexisting health condition. Some women develop gestational diabetes or preeclampsia (which generally resolve after giving birth). Even having multiples (e.g., twins or triplets) means you need extra attention and care.

Other reasons your pregnancy may be high-risk:

  • Fetal anomalies
  • Maternal cardiac conditions
  • Obesity
  • Placental anomalies
  • Prior pregnancy complications
  • Prior pregnancy loss
  • Prior premature birth

Always remember that we want to work with you and your loved ones on your plan. You and your child will have additional attention and care you both need to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy, labor and delivery.

Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)

Our hospital offers attentive, 24/7 care for your newborn if they need it after childbirth. We have the only Level III NICU in the region, which can care for your baby if they are born with an illness or prematurely. Each room is equipped with a remote camera system that lets you view your baby if you cannot be in the NICU all the time.

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