Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life, but for women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, it can also be a time of worry and concern. If you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, or have a condition that could lead to a high-risk pregnancy, access to high-quality diagnostic testing and services throughout your pregnancy is essential.
The Pre-Birth Place at Mercy Hospital offers comprehensive specialty care for high-risk pregnancies. Our highly trained and experienced team of prenatal specialists provides high-level, personalized care to each patient. We understand the confusion and concern that can accompany high-risk pregnancy, and so offer mothers a single, convenient location for all their prenatal care. Our state-of-the-art facility and expert staff help ensure the health of mother and baby, and put women’s minds at ease.
What is High-Risk Pregnancy?
High-risk pregnancy is a broad term for any pregnancy where a mother and baby require specialized monitoring and medical care. Some women are prone to high-risk pregnancy because of their age (women over 35 have a higher risk of having a child with genetic concerns) or past problem pregnancies. Women pregnant with more than one baby are also considered high risk, as are women with pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease, renal disease, or seizure disorder. Sometimes, otherwise healthy women develop conditions during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, that make their pregnancy high risk.
Depending on a woman’s level of risk, the Pre-Birth Place may work alongside the primary care provider to guide prenatal care. When closer supervision is required, Pre-Birth Place specialists provide complete obstetrical care.
Most care, including all doctor’s visits and most diagnostic testing, is provided at the Pre-Birth Place. On-site services include:
• Pre-natal consultations,
• Genetic counseling,
• Prenatal diagnostic testing, including:
- Ultrasound using state-of-the-art 3-D imaging
- Fetal echocardiograms
- Fetal heart rate testing
- Quad screen
- Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
When the time for birth arrives, high-risk patients are welcomed to our Birth Center, where they can labor and deliver in a private, spacious birthing suite. And if a new baby requires specialty care, Mercy offers a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where skilled neonatologists deliver care for premature and special needs babies. Our highly trained staff has years of experience caring for babies with health concerns, and the size of the nursery (just 16 cribs) ensures that both babies and parents receive attentive, compassionate care.
Our commitment to Mom continues even after delivery, as we keep a watchful eye for signs of perinatal/postpartum depression. It’s one way Mercy strives to treat the whole woman. From prenatal counseling and care, through pregnancy, delivery and postpartum care, we provide individualized care in a sophisticated medical setting.
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