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Get advanced care for high-risk pregnancy

OB-GYNs and maternal-fetal medicine specialists at Ascension sites of care provide personalized care for high-risk pregnancy, labor and delivery.

Not all women will need more advanced care during their pregnancy. But if you do, our care teams are ready. OB-GYNs and maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialists at Ascension sites of care deliver specialty care for high-risk pregnancy. Your dedicated team of doctors and nurses will work together to provide personalized care that’s right for you and your baby. 

Advanced care for high-risk pregnancy

If you’re over age 35, expecting multiple births or have a pre-existing health condition, your pregnancy may be considered high risk. Being told you have a high-risk pregnancy can leave you with concerns. Ask us your questions – big and small. We’re here to listen and provide the care and support you need. With additional monitoring and testing, your doctor will help guide you throughout your pregnancy and delivery. Your OB-GYN may also refer you to an MFM specialist. Together with you, your OB-GYN, MFM and care team create a personalized care plan and monitor your health and your baby’s health.

Maternal-fetal medicine specialists

MFM specialists are board-certified OB-GYNs with expertise in diagnosing and managing high-risk pregnancies. These highly experienced specialists have two to three years of additional education and clinical training. From preconception to delivery, your MFM specialist listens to understand you and collaborates with your OB-GYN as a team. You may choose to see an MFM specialist during your pregnancy if:

  • You have certain health conditions, such as diabetes or kidney disease
  • You have high blood pressure (preeclampsia) or gestational diabetes
  • You have a history of pregnancy loss or preterm birth
  • You are pregnant with more than one baby
  • Your baby has been diagnosed with a genetic condition

If you receive a high-risk pregnancy diagnosis, we connect the dots and deliver support every step of the way. You’ll be cared for by a skilled multispecialty team that may include neonatologists and genetic counselors. Pediatric specialists may also be available to deliver personalized care for your baby at the start. 

Get a second opinion from a maternal-fetal medicine specialist

Get the confidence and peace of mind that your doctor and care plan are right for you. It's easy to get a second opinion at Ascension sites of care. We can review your medical records and healthcare history to answer your questions and discuss options. Talk with one of our doctors about a personalized care plan. 

When you are facing a high-risk pregnancy diagnosis, there’s a lot to think about. Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists can provide a second opinion, based on our experience and as part of an integrated national network of care.

Before your appointment, check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered. We can request your medical records from your doctor on your behalf, so that they can be shared with your care team before your arrival.

Financial assistance and support is available

We can connect you with resources and programs that may be able to help you and your family with options for financial assistance. Our team is here to listen to your concerns and work with you to help find options that meet your needs. Talk with our financial assistant as a first step, if you have questions.


Choose Ascension for high-risk pregnancy care