Your pregnancy is an exciting time in your life, but sometimes women and babies need a little extra care. In fact, 10% to 20% of pregnancies in the United States are high-risk and require extra treatment beyond that of a general OB physician. You, your baby or both may be in the high-risk category if one or more complications during pregnancy bring about risks for an illness, a birth defect or another medical condition.
Trust the most comprehensive high-risk pregnancy care in St. Louis
SSM Health's high-risk pregnancy center at St. Mary's Hospital - St. Louis is home to the nation's leading OB care for high-risk moms and babies. Our compassionate experts have the most state-of-the-art resources available to help you give birth to a healthy baby at hospitals in St. Louis and St. Charles.
This high-risk OB team includes obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine specialists and geneticists from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, pediatric specialists from SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and a wide variety of specially trained nurse specialists and educators. All these specialists working together gives you the most complete and effective care possible.
The care you and your baby may need depends on your pregnancy situation, and your treatment will be tailored specifically to your lifestyle. This can range from enhanced or more frequent monitoring to medication therapies and even open fetal surgery.
Are you at high risk for pregnancy complications?
There are a number of risk factors that can help your caregivers identify and manage your high-risk pregnancy, but often there's nothing you could do without knowing what your high-risk situation was. Please remember that only a licensed medical professional can diagnose your pregnancy as high-risk.
To find an obstetrician or primary care physician
Every pregnant woman, whether she is high-risk or not, can benefit from the supervision of medical professionals throughout her pregnancy. Your general OB will provide you with important recommendations to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible during your pregnancy.