High Risk Pregnancy

Finding out you're expecting creates an indescribable feeling

Excitement. Nervousness. Hope.

From the first time you hear the word pregnant, you should feel like you and your baby are someone's number one concern. At Nebraska Medicine, you will have a team of doctors, nurses and other professionals who will make your pregnancy a beautiful experience, whenever possible.

There's a lot to think about and the last thing you want to experience is stress. Every woman should be able to experience a pregnancy as a time of preparation and joy. And every woman can. Sometimes you might just need some help along the way.

If you have any concerns regarding complications for you or your baby, Nebraska Medicine is also where you want to be. Nebraska Medicine Olson Center for Women's Health has a team of maternal fetal medicine specialists with specialized expertise in managing high-risk pregnancies.

Complications that Cause a Pregnancy to be Considered "High Risk" Include:

  • Premature labor
  • Advanced maternal age
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Bleeding during pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma/seizure disorders
  • Post-transplant pregnancies
  • Fetal anomalies
  • Growth retardation
  • Renal problems/chronic hypertension
  • History of frequent miscarriage

Patient Guides

Come to Nebraska Medicine for High Risk Obstetrics for:

Specialized Expertise in Complex Pregnancies

Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists, also known as high risk OB doctors or perinatologists, focus on the diagnosis, consultation, and management of high-risk pregnancies. Working in the Olson Center for Women's Health, our doctors lead teams of other specialists to ensure you and your baby receive the best possible care. You may be a high-risk pregnancy candidate if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, medical complications that arise during pregnancy, pregnancy complications or premature delivery due to age or past pregnancy issues, as well as abnormalities of the fetus.

Our maternal-fetal specialists will work collaboratively with your family physician or obstetrician to provide consultative support. They may also follow you throughout your pregnancy, delivery and post-partum care when requested by your doctor.

Our maternal fetal specialists have expertise in dealing with obstetrical, medical and surgical complications of pregnancy including:

  • The use of diagnostic or therapeutic procedures during pregnancy such as comprehensive ultrasound, chorionic villus sampling, genetic amniocentesis
  • Fetal surgery or treatment
  • Managing women with medical or surgical disorders such as heart disease, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, diabetes or other endocrine disorders, kidney or gastrointestinal disease and infectious diseases
  • Dealing with healthy women whose pregnancy is at markedly increased risk for adverse outcome such as abnormal blood tests, twins or multiple births, recurrent pre-term labor and delivery, premature rupture of membranes, recurrent pregnancy loss and suspected fetal growth restriction.
  • Genetics and risk assessment for abnormalities
  • Monitor high-risk pregnancies through the Prenatal Diagnostic Center
  • Collaborate with maternal diabetic experts

State of the Art Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Nebraska Medicine has a state-of-the art Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) that is designed to embrace a family-centered environment tailored to support the developmental needs of premature infants. This unit has the environmental variables and science of nursing care to provide optimal support of their needs. Studies have shown that premature infants who are delivered under the care of a tertiary care hospital that can provide the full range of acute care services to the mother and baby fare much better than those who don't.

We Come to You

The Olson Center's specialists also see patients at outreach locations in: Shenandoah, Iowa, Kearney, Nebraska, and Grand Island, Nebraska. To speak to our maternal-fetal medicine team, please call 800.922.0000. 




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