A high-risk pregnancy is one in which the mother or baby has a higher risk of complications. A pregnancy may be designated high-risk for a variety of reasons. A high-risk pregnancy requires special attention and monitoring during the pregnancy and in some circumstances may require medical intervention before the birth.
A number of factors may contribute to a high-risk pregnancy. These include:
Women with a high-risk pregnancy can find expert and compassionate care at the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, also known as High-risk Obstetrics at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) in Boston. Our staff of specialists provides multidisciplinary care for women whose pregnancies have been identified as high-risk. Our services include:
In addition to treatment and care for high-risk pregnancy, Brigham and Women's Hospital offers treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and specialties, including a laminectomy for spinal stenosis, lap band surgery for weight loss, a laparoscopic hysterectomy to treat uterine cysts and tumors and much more. Patients in need of a specific specialist, such as a rheumatologist or physician with expertise in women and depression, can use our physician directory to find physicians in their area.
Louise Wilkins-Haug, MD, PhD, Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine (High-Risk Obstetrics) at Brigham and Women's Hospital, describes research to improve our understanding and care of patients with high-risk pregnancies. Transcript available.
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Louise Wilkins-Haug, MD, PhD, Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (High-Risk Obstetrics) at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), explains who will need high-risk pregnancy care. Transcript available.
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