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High-Risk Pregnancy

High-Risk Pregnancy

For many reasons, your pregnancy may fall into a category known as high-risk. That’s when you want to work with highly trained maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) physicians (also known as perinatologists), the skilled obstetrics specialists who focus on health concerns for mother and baby before, during and shortly following birth. With their expert care and assistance, you can experience the joy of bringing a new little one into the world.

Comprehensive High-Risk Pregnancy Care Close to Home

No matter where you live in Oklahoma, you’ll benefit from the extensive expertise and innovative technology for high-risk obstetrics at OU Health’s Prenatal Diagnostic Center and the Women’s & Newborn Center in Oklahoma City. At OU Health, you benefit from access to:

  • Comprehensive neonatology medical coverage in-house and around the clock
  • A dedicated obstetrical anesthesia program
  • Eighteen pre-delivery beds for women with high-risk pregnancies
  • Forty mother-baby unit beds
  • Sixteen labor and delivery rooms (LDR)
  • Six urgent care rooms for labor and delivery
  • Three operating rooms
  • Oklahoma’s only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), providing the highest level of care available in the United States, just an elevator ride away, with NICVIEW cameras for families unable to remain with baby

Regional Neonatal-Perinatal Referral Center

When you choose OU Health to help you manage a challenging pregnancy, you gain access to the comprehensive pregnancy and childbirth services of our statewide and regional neonatal-perinatal referral center, located within Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health, one of the first hospitals in the nation to offer complete care for mother and baby in a single facility.

Expert Care Team & Nationally Accredited NICU

At OU Health, you’ll find all levels of high-risk pregnancy care, a multidisciplinary team of board-certified obstetricians, pediatric surgeons, cardiologists, urologists, neonatologists and a wide range of pediatric specialists, as well as advanced technology for both you and your baby in one place, including Oklahoma’s only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), nationally accredited to provide the highest level of advanced care in the region.

    Maternal-Fetal Medicine Services in Tulsa

    In Tulsa, you can take advantage of OU Health’s maternal-fetal medicine specialists to help manage your high-risk pregnancy for the best possible outcome. You and your doctor gain access to advanced technology and services such as:

    • High-risk prenatal diagnosis and ultrasound
    • High-risk perinatal center
    • Genetic counseling and amniocentesis
    • Fetal testing before delivery
    • Fetal surgery or treatment
    • Twin vaginal delivery
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    Pregnancy Risk Factors

    You may be considered to have a high-risk pregnancy if you:

    • Carry multiples (twins or more)
    • Have a history of miscarriage or premature labor
    • Receive an abnormal blood test, prenatal test result or ultrasound exam while pregnant
    • Will be age 35 or older at delivery
    • Were exposed to or used potentially harmful substances such as unregulated drugs, certain chemicals, radiation or infection
    • Experience issues related to fertility
    • Develop or live with an underlying health issue such as alcoholism, autoimmune disorder, blood disorder, brain or mood disorder, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, seizure, thyroid disorder or other factors

    As a mother-to-be within a particular ethnic group or if you live in certain geographic areas, you also may face higher risk of specific genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, Tay-Sachs disease (affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord) or thalassemia (reduced hemoglobin production).

    Services for High-Risk Pregnancy

    Look no further than the Prenatal Diagnostic Center at OU Health in Oklahoma City for comprehensive services to address high-risk pregnancy and doctors who specialize in bringing high-risk pregnancies to term.

    At Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health, you and your multidisciplinary team of highly trained specialists evaluate, review and diagnose your situation using a wide range of advanced technology such as:

    • High-resolution color ultrasound with pulsed Doppler for additional detail
    • 4D ultrasound to closely monitor baby’s development
    • Innovative fetal surgery procedures and treatments

    Preconception Genetic Counseling

    Before you try to become pregnant, reach out to OU Health’s multidisciplinary genetic services to learn more about potential concerns related to inherited health conditions or genetic disorders.

    At OU Health’s Prenatal Diagnostic Center, you’ll meet with a board-certified genetics physician (clinical geneticist) or a genetic counselor for information about diagnosis, treatment and support related to health concerns that run in your family. During your meeting, you’ll review histories of your family, health and pregnancies as the basis to:

    • Explain what causes a health problem and how it’s inherited
    • Understand your interpersonal and family relationships and how each may affect your health and pregnancy
    • Discuss what tests are available
    • Check your risk of having a baby with possible health problems, including congenital disorders
    • Determine the outlook for a health problem
    • Manage your health needs
    • Treat a health problem that may affect your pregnancy

    Whatever your risk, you and your OU Health pregnancy and childbirth team work together to create a personalized care plan for you and your developing baby.

    STAR Prenatal Services for Substance Use Care During Pregnancy

    With a history of substance use, you may face several challenges during pregnancy – and the STAR prenatal program at OU Health can help. Through STAR (Substance use Treatment and Recovery), you’ll receive specialized medical care from a multidisciplinary team of experts, including:

    • Maternal-fetal medicine physicians with expertise in caring for high-risk pregnancy
    • Nurse practitioners
    • Case managers and social workers to assist with other needs, such as connecting you with mental health services and making plans for your baby’s arrival

    You’ll also work with peer counselors and attend group sessions for education and support to help you achieve a healthy pregnancy.

    Gestational Diabetes Management

    Gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that occurs only when you’re pregnant, needs ongoing attention and management to ensure you and your baby remain healthy throughout your pregnancy and delivery. Left untreated, gestational diabetes causes high levels of blood sugar that can put you and your baby at risk during labor and delivery and may increase the possibility of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.

    Take advantage of our gestational diabetes management program where you learn how to care for this condition. With education, a special diet and support from your OU Health team, you’re more likely to deliver a healthy baby and remain well yourself.

    Neonatal & Perinatal Care for Your Newborn

    If your baby needs additional attention upon delivery at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Health in Oklahoma City, rely on your multidisciplinary team of obstetrics and pediatric specialists, part of OU Health’s Neonatal & Perinatal Services located within the same building and immediately available, as well as fast access to the largest and highest level NICU in the state, just an elevator ride away from the delivery room.

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