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High-risk pregnancy

A high-risk pregnancy indicates that there is a higher likelihood of a disease or condition that may put mother or baby at risk. These conditions may be existing health conditions, a multiple pregnancy or even a mother's age.


High-risk pregnancy care in Virginia

If you're at risk of developing pregnancy-related complications, we can help keep you and your baby healthy.

At HCA Virginia Health System, we specialize in caring for high-risk pregnancies. Whether you need preconception counseling or monitoring for a known medical condition during your pregnancy, our doctors are here for you.

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High-risk pregnancy conditions we treat

Our perinatologists provide care for conditions that might increase your risk of complications, including:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Fetal development issues
  • Fetal growth issues
  • Epilepsy
  • Gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • History of birth abnormalities
  • History of cancer
  • History of genetic conditions
  • History of pregnancy complications
  • Lupus
  • Maternal age
  • Multiples pregnancy (e.g., twins)
  • Obesity
  • Placenta accreta
  • Placental abruption
  • Placenta previa
  • Preeclampsia
  • Substance abuse during pregnancy

Our high-risk pregnancy services

If you are at risk for complications during your pregnancy, our specialists will closely monitor your pregnancy and treat symptoms as they arise.

Comprehensive maternal-fetal medicine services

We begin caring for your gestational health before you are pregnant and will continue to support you after your delivery. Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists are proud to offer personalized services to keep your pregnancy on track. Our perinatologists work closely with your obstetrician to understand your condition and medical history. Together, they will establish your customized treatment plan to ensure you and your baby receive the high-quality care you need.

Antepartum care is comprehensive management of patients throughout their pregnancy. Our antepartum care includes all standard prenatal services, as well as care tailored to your specific pregnancy challenges. If you need to stay in one of our hospitals at any point in your pregnancy, we will provide you with an antepartum room. We do everything we can to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible as we monitor your health and your baby.

Preconception counseling is a service is available to individuals or couples who have concerns about getting pregnant or having a healthy baby. Our specialists will counsel you on risk factors, such as advanced age, fertility issues, preexisting medical conditions or a family history of genetic conditions.

Genetic testing and counseling is another service we provide for individuals and couples. One of our providers will discuss your medical history and the benefits and risks of fetal testing. After the screening, we will thoroughly discuss your results and any possible risks posed to you or your baby.

Our advanced prenatal ultrasounds give a clear look at your baby so we can better monitor their growth and development. We can ensure your baby is reaching developmental milestones and progressing normally.

We also offer a variety of fetal diagnostic procedures. We can test to screen for birth abnormalities and inherited conditions. These tests include amniocentesis, nuchal translucency screening and chorionic villus sampling.

Your perinatologist will work closely with you and your maternity team to develop a personalized birth plan. Our goal is to ensure a smooth, safe labor and delivery. Together, you and your care team will prepare for any medical care you or your baby may need immediately after birth


Neonatal intensive care

If you experience a high-risk pregnancy, it's possible we may need to monitor or care for your baby after they are born. Our hospitals are equipped with Level II and Level III neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) after birth. In the NICU, our neonatologists and nurses provide your baby with 24/7 advanced neonatal care. They will work with you to best care for your baby and keep you and your partner informed about what your baby needs.

Maternal addiction treatment

We offer maternal addiction programs at Chippenham Hospital and Henrico Doctors' Hospital to address and manage substance use throughout pregnancy. We offer nonjudgmental treatment options to people of all ages. Respect and honesty is at the center of our program. Our team sees you as a person first, and our primary goal is to help you navigate your pregnancy. Our maternal addiction day-treatment programs provide medical and mental health and wellness services up to five days a week.

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