High risk pregnancy
Some women may require extra monitoring, care or hospitalization during pregnancy. This may be due to a complication of pregnancy or the woman's own underlying medical needs. Women classified as high-risk may need extra care even after their baby is delivered.
Many women fit into the “high-risk” category during pregnancy. This term should not be cause for alarm. It merely means that because of a woman’s medical history, difficulties in a prior pregnancy, or a problem with a current pregnancy, she will need to be monitored in special ways to give her the best chance to have a healthy baby. Women with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as women with multiple gestations, are among those who may need specialized care during pregnancy.
At North Shore-LIJ Health System, the high-risk fellowship-trained team works closely with obstetricians and doctors specializing in genetics, hematology, infectious diseases, as well as heart, lung and kidney problems to ensure that each woman receives personal service to provide the healthiest outcome for herself and her baby. In addition, the system employs nurses, social workers, registered dietitians and physical therapists to provide a team approach to high-risk pregnant women and their unborn babies.
Patients are closely monitored and receive thorough education to help maintain an optimal level of health. These efforts are geared toward enabling patients and their babies to achieve the best possible outcome.