High-Risk Pregnancy

When you have an increased risk for complications during pregnancy or birth, trust the maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) doctors at UNC Medical Center to give the care you and your baby need.

What’s a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist?

Maternal-fetal medicine doctors are obstetricians trained to monitor and care for mothers and their babies during a high-risk pregnancy.

When to See a High-Risk OB

Receive specialized care when you or your baby have an increased risk of complications due to:

Expert Care for You & Your Baby

Rely on your MFM doctor to help you have a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Depend on your specialist to:

  • Diagnose and treat prenatal conditions
  • Help you reduce your risk of preterm labor and premature birth
  • Monitor your unborn baby’s growth and development
  • Care for your newborn immediately after birth
  • Refer you to pediatric specialists when needed

Coordinated Care

Expect coordinated, patient-centered care from a team of experts. Your maternal-fetal doctor works closely with neonatologists and other pediatric specialists, as well as your OB to develop a care plan to protect your and your baby’s health.

Maternal-Fetal Telemedicine

If you live far away from UNC Medical Center, ask about how you can access the knowledge of our skilled MFM doctors through our telemedicine program for consultations and genetic counseling.

Prenatal Screening & Diagnosis

Stay informed about the health of your baby through advanced prenatal tests, including:

  • Amniocentesis Tests a sample of your amniotic fluid to help diagnose chromosome abnormalities, like Down syndrome, and neural tube defects
  • Blood tests Detect substances in your blood that may indicate a genetic disorder or neural tube defect
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) – Tests cells from your placenta to help diagnose chromosome abnormalities and genetic disorders
  • Fetal ultrasound Produces images of your baby using sound waves
  • Fetal echocardiograms – Look at your baby’s heart

Fetal Surgery

When your baby needs surgery while in your womb, feel confident you’ll receive high-quality care at UNC Medical Center. We have experience caring for babies with spina bifida, problems with their lungs or heart, and twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS).

Hospitalization During Pregnancy

Look to the antepartum care unit in our birth care center if you need to stay in the hospital because of pregnancy-related complications. You’ll benefit from quality care from a team that understands the unique needs of mothers with a high-risk pregnancy.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

If your baby needs extra medical care after delivery, rely on the experts in our Level Ⅳ NICU.

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