High-Risk Pregnancies

Highest Level of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Care

Ultrasound screeningThrough our partnership with UT Health San Antonio, we provide the most comprehensive Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) program in South Texas. As a Level IV Maternal Facility, our MFM specialists have completed additional training to learn best evidence-based practices for the care of women and their developing baby during their high-risk pregnancy. Our MFM specialists provide advanced care for pregnancies with an array of medical, surgical or fetal needs. Advanced prenatal diagnostic services are also available including:

  • Genetic counseling
  • Ultrasound screening to take a close look at your baby
  • First and second trimester aneuploidy screening
  • Cell-free fetal DNA testing
  • Evaluation of abnormal aneuploidy screening tests
  • Amniocentesis
  • Fetal umbilical cord sampling and other fetal procedures

Addressing All of Your Pregnancy Needs

Every woman hopes for an uncomplicated pregnancy and a smooth delivery. But if a problem occurs, you can take comfort in knowing University offers every resource you and your baby need to address any issues that arise.

A number of preexisting conditions can complicate pregnancy for certain women, including:

  • Advanced maternal age (35 or older)
  • Asthma or other pulmonary diseases
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Cancer in pregnancy
  • Cardiac disease
  • Congenital fetal anomalies
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Fetal anemia and other complications
  • Genetics diseases
  • Hypertensive disorders
  • Incompetent cervix
  • Intrauterine fetal growth restriction
  • Isoimmunization
  • Medical/surgical complications of pregnancy
  • Multiple gestation (twins, triplets and more)
  • Obesity
  • Perinatal infections (bacterial or viral infections)
  • Placenta (accreta/percreta) evaluation and management
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Previous history of preterm delivery
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Thrombophilias/clotting disorders
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Trauma in pregnancy
  • Trial of labor after cesarean delivery (TOLAC)

Partners in Care for High-Risk Pregnancies

To ensure the best pregnancy outcome, members of our maternal-fetal medicine, neonatal and pediatric medical teams will be with you during your pregnancy, during your labor and delivery and after the baby is born. We also work closely with critical care, surgical and obstetric anesthesia teams to provide expert care for you and your baby.

University Health is the only place you have easy access to compassionate, personalized care from a perinatal coordinator. Beyond coordinating your medical appointments, our perinatal coordinators stand beside you throughout your high-risk pregnancy as your advocate and partner. These specially trained nurses will attend appointments with you, if you’d like, to help you ask questions and express your concerns to your medical team.