Most pregnancies are normal, but some women need additional attention because of medical complications.
Your pregnancy may be considered high-risk if:
- You have certain pre-existing conditions, such as:
- High blood pressure
- Heart conditions
- Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s
- Seizures or epilepsy
- You are carrying multiples (more than one baby).
- Your baby has been found to have a genetic condition.
- You have had trouble staying pregnant.
- You had a problem in a past pregnancy, such as:
- Pre-term labor
- Premature birth
- Placenta problems
High Risk Obstetric Clinic
Gundersen Health System has a High Risk Obstetric Clinic to provide extra monitoring and/or treatment to pregnant women at high-risk.
Being referred to the High Risk Obstetric Clinic does not mean losing all contact with your first doctor, midwife or nurse practitioner. It depends on what is found during the extra tests and exams. You may simply need to be more closely watched than most pregnant women.
If your pregnancy poses many challenges, you will be seen only in the High Risk Obstetric Clinic. Your team will include:
- Maternal fetal medicine specialist
- Social worker
- Registered dietitian
If your baby should need special medical care after birth, rest assured a team of specialists from our Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are within arm's reach. We will transition your baby’s care seamlessly from one team to the next.
Our High Risk Obstetric Clinic also helps women with pre-existing conditions prepare before getting pregnant. They will meet with women to discuss the risks and help her be in the best possible health before getting pregnant to reduce risks during pregnancy.
For more information about the High Risk Obstetric Clinic, call (608) 775-5832.