Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children Center for Maternal/Fetal Health at Swedish Medical Center

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 Center for Maternal/Fetal Health experts and patient navigators provide information and personalized support so that even a complicated pregnancy can be a positive family experience.

Perinatal/maternal care

For more than two decades, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children's Center for Maternal/Fetal Health has been the largest and most experienced program in the region to provide care for pregnant women and their infants when the pregnancy is high risk. Serving a five-state area and beyond, our program is an integrated model of obstetric, neonatal and surgical specialty care for women facing complicated pregnancy management when either r the health of the mother or the health of the unborn child (or both) is at risk. Perinatal specialists in close collaboration with referring OB/GYNs, work with a team of specialty pediatric surgeons and neonatologists when a disorder is detected before birth.

The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children's Center for Maternal/Fetal Health at Swedish Medical Center offers the full spectrum of care for mothers and their infants after birth. Our model of care is unique among leading children's hospitals in the country because high-risk mothers receive care in the same hospital with an adult intensive care unit for the mother's condition and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit both immediately available.

In addition, because Swedish Medical Center is a Level I Trauma Center with four adult ICU's (neurology, stroke, cardiology interventional cardiology and gyn/oncology), we have a unique level of support and specialization at our facility.

Our program includes:

  • A 17-bed, family friendly Level III NICU at RMHC at Swedish
  • 272 total NICU beds in the HealthONE system
  • 24/7 maternal fetal transport service through AirLife
    • The only dedicated high-risk OB transport service in Colorado staffed by experienced high-risk obstetrical nurses
    • Specialized newborn transport team with experienced neonatal nurse practitioners and RN/RT
  • High-risk obstetrical care by board-certified maternal/fetal specialists
  • 24/7 anesthesiologist dedicated to labor and delivery
  • Adult/neuro critical care unit
  • Personalized perinatal coordination
  • Integrated care of mother and baby by one group of physicians
  • Experienced genetic counselor readily available for referring providers and their patients
  • Board-certified neonatologists manage and assist with stabilization and transport of critically ill newborns
  • Primary use of human milk (partnership with one of the largest human milk banks in the country, Mothers Milk Bank)
  • A commitment to family-centered care that is developmentally supportive, including kangaroo care and positioning
  • Lactation services seven days a week
  • NICVIEW cameras that connect families from afar
  • Dedicated OB hospitalist in house 24/7
  • Goal to keep mom and baby in the same hospital with transport available if needed
  • Specialized care in:
    • Opioid dependent mothers and infants
    • Maternal spinal cord complications
    • Multi-fetal pregnancies (twins, triplets or more)
    • Gestational diabetes diagnosis and treatment
    • Genetic counseling
    • Down syndrome and other fetal chromosomal abnormalities
    • Hospice care of the neonate

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 provided on a one-to-one basis.

Contact Center for Maternal/fetal Health at Swedish Medical Center

We are here to help coordinate care, educate and offer support. Contact our high-risk patient navigators with your questions:(303) 788-5466 or email us.