Comprehensive high-risk pregnancy care in Denver, CO
Many women are considered high-risk when it comes to pregnancy. At Swedish Medical Center, we are committed to working together to achieve the best outcome possible for every pregnancy. In addition to specialized medical care for patients experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, our Perinatal Resource Center (PRC) provides information and support so that even a complicated pregnancy can be a positive family experience.
Contact our Perinatal Resource Center with your questions. Call (303) 788-8550.
Fully accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine, Swedish’s PRC has a team of experts ready to help guide you through your pregnancy. If you’re considered high-risk, your physician or obstetrician will most likely arrange a consultation with a perinatologists (an OB/GYN specializing in high-risk obstetrics) along with perinatal nurse practitioners and nurses/sonographers trained in high-risk pregnancy.
Key services provided through the PRC
The PRC provides consultation and helps with many conditions related to or affecting pregnancy, such as:
- Amniotic fluid abnormalities
- HELLP syndrome
- High blood pressure
- Gestational diabetes
- Later-age pregnancy
- Placental conditions
- Premature labor/preterm labor
- Multiple gestation (twins, triplets or more)
- Spina bifida
- Fetal abnormalities or other conditions threatening pregnancy
In order to receive the best care possible, our perinatal specialists perform a wide range of services and advanced testing using cutting-edge medical equipment, including:
- Reproductive genetic and
- Inpatient/outpatient consultations
- State-of-the-art perinatal testing, including amniocentesis, non-stress testing and biophysical profiles
- Comprehensive fetal ultrasound, including the 4D ultrasound
- Transvaginal ultrasound
- Fetal echocardiography
- Doppler velocimetry
- Genetic amniocentesis
- Percutaneous umbilical blood sampling
- Spina bifida
- Therapeutic amniocentesis
- Premature labor education and evaluation
- Heparin injection education and
- First trimester screening program
What constitutes a high-risk pregnancy?
Many factors can cause a pregnant woman to be considered high risk, including:
- If fetal birth defects are anticipated based on family history
- Her age (under 18 or over 35)
- If she’s pregnant with multiples (twins, triplets or more)
- If she has an existing disease or medical disorder (i.e. diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney problems, blood disorder, cancer, STD)
- If she has history of preterm labor and delivery or pregnancy loss
- If she’s under or overweight
Helping women understand health maintenance and methods to limit further complications is an essential part of overall patient care. Additionally, instruction on preterm labor and smoking cessation is given by perinatal nurses on a one-to-one basis.