Some high-risk complications occur during pregnancy. In other cases, the mother may have a preexisting condition (e.g. heart disease, diabetes) or may have had a problem with a previous pregnancy. In these situations, your obstetrician may recommend that you begin your care with a high-risk obstetrician.
The Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania specializes in the care and treatment of women whose pregnancies are considered high-risk. Our practitioners can provide complete obstetric care throughout your pregnancy, delivery and postpartum period, or they can work in consultation with your primary care obstetrician. When treating medically complicated pregnancies, our physicians coordinate the care of patients with Penn specialists in hematology, oncology, pulmonary, cardiology, gastroenterology and many other specialized fields.
Our staff includes board-certified perinatologists and nationally recognized experts in high-risk obstetrics, fetal evaluation, antepartum testing. Our staff has significant expertise in treating women with a history of preterm births or pregnancy losses. Our maternal fetal medicine specialists work hand in hand with newborn specialists and obstetrical anesthetists to give you and your baby the best care possible.
Should you require time in the hospital before delivery, our staff in the Perinatal Evaluation Center will ensure your comfort and care. In addition, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, located next door to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, allows us to work together with pediatric subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists during your pregnancy and when the baby is born.