Advanced Care for High-Risk Pregnancies

We offer obstetrical ultrasound services and provide specialized care for individuals considered to have a high risk or complex pregnancy.

Coronavirus Information from Penn Maternal Fetal Medicine

Obstetrical providers across the health system have been working from the beginning of the pandemic to make sure that we are able to continue to provide care to our patients that is personal, based on good science, and meets the high standards we have for care at Penn. We have many processes in place to make sure the birth of your child is safe and special.

Appointments and Procedures: How We're Keeping You Safe

At Penn Medicine, our highest priority is making sure you get the care you need, when you need it, in the safest way possible.

We have safety protocols for in-person appointments and procedures. We are continually evaluating patient care to improve treatment and reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

We also have answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and pregnancy, vaccination, breastfeeding, and how you can help keep your baby safe.

Certain medical conditions during pregnancy can jeopardize your health and the health of your unborn baby. If you have one of these conditions, your pregnancy is high-risk. A high-risk pregnancy may lead to a premature birth before the 37th week of pregnancy.

At Penn Medicine, you receive specialized care from maternal-fetal medicine specialists. Families with medically complex pregnancies from across the region come to us for our expertise.

What Is a High-Risk Pregnancy?

Your doctor may consider your pregnancy high-risk if you have:

  • Advanced age (older than 35) or young age (teens)
  • Chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, HIV or autoimmune disease
  • Multiple babies (twins, triplets or more)
  • Previous history of premature birth, pregnancy complications or pregnancy loss
  • Unborn baby with a genetic disorder or condition that develops during pregnancy
  • Weight problems, such as obesity or disordered eating

What Is a High-Risk Pregnancy Specialist?

Maternal-fetal medicine specialists are OB-GYNs who specialize in difficult pregnancies. You may also know them as perinatologists. The maternal-fetal medicine specialists at Penn support your family throughout pregnancy and childbirth.

High-Risk Pregnancy Services at Penn Medicine: Why Choose Us?

We strive to make your pregnancy as worry-free as possible. You have access to:

  • Advanced diagnostic services: We perform a high volume of prenatal diagnostic tests — more than 15,000 every year. We know which tests provide information that helps us (and you) make educated decisions about your care.
  • Genetic counseling and services: We offer prenatal genetic diagnosis and screenings to assess pregnancy complications and infant health risks. Should we detect an issue, we help you make a plan, with support from our counselors.
  • Premature birth prevention program: Our Prematurity Prevention Program helps lower your risk of giving birth too early.
  • Specialized newborn care: Premature babies and newborns with medical problems receive advanced medical care at our neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). We staff our NICUs with Penn specialists and doctors from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
  • Emergency care: We offer 24/7 emergency care specifically for pregnant women at our perinatal evaluation centers. If you’re experiencing problems, we quickly assess your situation and admit you to the hospital if needed.
  • Emotional support: Our women’s behavioral wellness counselors support you if you’re facing a complicated pregnancy. We also help families manage the stress of caring for a child with medical problems or special needs.

High-Risk Pregnancy Programs at Penn Medicine

To lower the risk of pregnancy complications, we have dedicated programs for women with:

Request an Appointment

To request an appointment, please call 800-789-7366 or complete our online form.

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Placenta Accreta Center

Placenta accreta is a serious pregnancy complication that can cause preterm birth and put you at risk during delivery. Penn Medicine’s Placenta Accreta Spectrum Center of Excellence provides high-quality, coordinated care to treat pregnant people with placenta accreta.

Prematurity Prevention Program

Our Prematurity Prevention Program offers preconception and prenatal care, including cervical cerclage, to prevent spontaneous preterm births.

High-Risk Pregnancy Team

Whether your risk occurs during your pregnancy, labor and delivery, or the post-partum period, our MFM specialists care for the unique needs of your growing family.

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