Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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When pregnancy carries health risks, you want the best maternal-fetal care.

You may know that your pregnancy is high risk from the beginning. In other cases, a condition can develop unexpectedly during your pregnancy.

Fortunately, most high-risk pregnancies end with the delivery of a healthy baby by a healthy mother. You can receive outstanding maternal-fetal care, or perinatology, at Stamford Health.

Our Approach

Stamford Health’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine team can consult with you even before conception to discuss preexisting medical conditions or provide genetic counseling. Through pregnancy, our specialists are there to treat conditions like gestational diabetes or high blood pressure that may develop during pregnancy. They are close to Stamford Hospital’s award-winning labor and delivery unit and ready to assist if unexpected complications arise.

How do you know if you have a high-risk pregnancy?

We define high-risk pregnancies as those with a greater chance of complications. Here are some factors that could indicate a high-risk pregnancy:

  • Anemia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes during pregnancy
  • Fibroids (benign tumors in the uterus)
  • Genetic risk indicators
  • Headaches
  • History of pre-term labor (before 37 weeks of pregnancy)
  • History of previous miscarriage or stillbirth
  • Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) (severe morning sickness or nausea)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Infections
  • Multiple fetuses (e.g. twins or triplets)
  • Placenta previa (a placenta that partially or completely covers the cervix)
  • Placental abruption (separation of the placenta from the uterus before birth)
  • Preeclampsia (a serious complication causing high blood pressure and potential damage to organs such as the kidneys or liver)
  • Pre-existing medical condition like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure

  • Premature bleeding

Most high-risk pregnancies are manageable and you’ll receive additional care as appropriate. We have a wide range of prenatal testing and monitoring available to keep close track of your and your baby’s health.

Our perinatologists are on call 24/7 and are here to support your pregnancy.