High-Risk Pregnancy Care - Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Ascension Wisconsin

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High-Risk Pregnancy

Every mother dreams of an uncomplicated pregnancy, easy delivery and a healthy baby. But if you have a pre-existing or life-threatening condition caused by or arising during pregnancy or are over the age of 35, it’s comforting to know that the special care you and your baby need are available right here at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.

From preconception through birth, our expert, experienced teams led by Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists are equipped to handle complications and risks that moms may have due to underlying medical conditions and health histories.

For those babies who arrive earlier than expected, our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) at Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph Campus and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints provide exceptional neonatal care for the smallest, frailest lives. Our special care nurseries at Wheaton Franciscan - Elmbrook Memorial Campus and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - St. Francis also offer exceptional neonatal care with seamless access to our NICUs.

Expert Care for Expectant Mothers

Preconception & Complications

For preconception issues or complications that occur during pregnancy, our Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists will guide you to the best and safest course of treatment available.

For expectant mothers, issues can range from the onset of gestational diabetes to multiples (twins, triplets, etc). Common issues treated include:

  • Twins, triplets and higher order of multiples
  • Cervical insufficiency
  • Uterine malformations
  • Preterm labor
  • Diabetes – Type I, II and Gestational
  • Hypertension/Gestational hypertension
  • Preeclampsia
  • Sickle cell
  • Rh incompatibility
  • Other medical conditions exacerbated by pregnancy

Prenatal Assessment

Prenatal assessment and fetal diagnostic services are available at all Wheaton hospitals. These services are provided by board-certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists who are skilled at detecting complications, high-risk pregnancies and providing care for both the mother and child.

If Hospitalization is Needed

If you experience high-risk complications that require hospitalization prior to birth, Wheaton offers Antepartum Care Units at both St. Joseph and All Saints. These units are specifically designed to help women preserve their pregnancy until a safer time is reached for delivery.

Antepartum nurses are registered obstetrical nurses with advanced training in high-risk birth issues. They care for women who are required to spend the last months or weeks of their high-risk pregnancies in the hospital, monitoring both the mother’s status as well as the baby’s. Antepartum nurses work as part of a multidisciplinary team that combines obstetricians, perinatologists and Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists.

Together, they ensure that the best care possible is being provided to both mom and baby.

Issues Affecting the Unborn Child

Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians are highly experienced and skilled in the care of the developing, unborn child and in quickly diagnosing and treating any concerns, risks or complications that arise. Combining years of expertise with the latest resources and technology, they will partner with your OB/GYN and other specialists to address health concerns of your unborn child.

Using highly advanced diagnostic methods, these experts can pinpoint very early on abnormalities in a baby’s development. Technology including amniocentesis, genetic testing and highly detailed 3D and 4D ultrasounds help them determine important information about the health and condition of the baby before birth and provide accurate and complete diagnoses and treatment options.

If surgery is required, our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists collaborate with pediatric specialists on staff at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Advocates Children’s Hospital in cardiology, urology and other surgical specialties.

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