Center for Maternal Health

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

Get connected with our high-risk navigators via phone or email.

Our program is an integrated model of obstetric, neonatal and surgical specialty care for women facing complicated pregnancy management when either the health of the mother or the health of the unborn child (or both) is at risk. In close collaboration with a patient's OB/GYN, our perinatal specialists work with a team of sub-specialists and neonatologists when a disorder is identified prior to birth.

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.

Perinatal/maternal care

The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Swedish Center for Maternal Health provides consultation and helps with many conditions related to or affecting pregnancy. Our services include:

  • High-risk obstetrical care by board-certified maternal/fetal medicine subspecialists and perinatal nurse practitioners
  • Dedicated OB hospitalist in house 24/7
  • Dedicated L&D anesthesiologist in house 24/7
  • Personalized perinatal care coordination
  • Integrated care for mother and baby by one group of physicians
  • Experienced genetic counselor readily available for consultation
  • 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.

Neonatal care

Our comprehensive, coordinated care also includes newborn care. Our program includes:

  • A 17-bed, family friendly Level III NICU at RMHC at Swedish
  • Specialized board-certified neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners that manage and assist with care of critically ill newborns
  • A commitment to family-centered care that is developmentally supportive, including kangaroo care and positioning
  • Lactation services seven days a week
  • Primary use of human milk (partnership with one of the largest human milk banks in the country, Mothers Milk Bank)
  • NICVIEW cameras that can connect families with children in the NICU
  • Specialized newborn transport team through AirLife with experienced neonatal nurse practitioners and RN/RT

Contact Center for Maternal Health

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