High-Risk Pregnancy Care
Exceptional Care with a Personalized Approach
Memorial Healthcare System is ready to support you if you have a high-risk pregnancy or your delivery is at higher risk for complications. Our skilled team in South Florida is known for treating complex and rare conditions, such as preeclampsia, placenta accreta, and diabetes mellitus (gestational diabetes). Using our compassionate and patient- and family-centered care approach, we’ll focus on you and your baby — so you can have the safest possible experience. This is made possible because our providers take the time to get to know you as an individual, not just a medical condition. We want to listen to your worries and answer your questions. And we want to care for your mental and emotional wellness throughout your pregnancy journey.
Conditions We Treat
Our high-risk obstetricians provide 24/7, highly specialized hospital care for rare and complex conditions that can put you or your baby’s health at risk, some of which include:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Chronic hypertension/Preeclampsia
- Coagulopathy (bleeding disorder)
- Congenital heart defects
- Diabetes mellitus
- Morbid obesity
- Placenta accreta spectrum
- Thyroid disorder
- Organ transplant
- Uterine anomalies
We use advanced imaging, urine tests, and other tools to monitor you and your baby’s health throughout your prenatal care. Learn more about our high-risk prenatal care services.
Even though you have a high-risk pregnancy, our teams work to help you have the birth experience you want, whenever possible. Find out what labor and delivery might be like for a high-risk pregnancy.
If you have previously had a cesarean section (C-section) delivery, we offer the option of vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC). Learn if a VBAC might be right for you.
After your baby arrives, we will continue to monitor your physical and emotional health in our comfortable postpartum care units.
We’ll also take special care of your little one. Memorial Healthcare System and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital maternity staff, doctors and neonatologists are ready 24/7 to care for babies. In addition, at Memorial Regional Hospital, very sick or very premature babies can receive advanced care at the Level III Wasie NICU at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
Find out more about the care you and your baby will receive after birth.
How to Access High-Risk Pregnancy Care
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, your doctor can refer you to our care at any time, even as you are in labor. We offer the following personalized care that fits your needs at any point during pregnancy.
We provide outpatient care at our OB/GYN offices throughout Broward county for your prenatal and postpartum visits.
Inpatient care means you are admitted to the hospital and stay overnight. At Memorial Family Birthplace hospitals, you’ll stay in a comforting environment designed to help you welcome your baby to the world. Each location offers specialized care, including Level II NICUs (Memorial Hospital West and Memorial Hospital Miramar) and a Level III NICU (the highest level in Florida) where your baby can receive care.
Memorial Healthcare System can handle the most high risk pregnancies and is the preferred organization for your high-risk pregnancy care through our high-risk obstetrics team at Memorial Regional Hospital.
For some high-risk pregnancies, you’ll need to stay at the hospital for days or weeks before delivering your baby. In our antepartum unit, you can receive extra care and monitoring from doctors and nurses experienced in caring for high-risk pregnancies. With this extra monitoring, we can act fast to keep you and your baby safe if anything about your health changes.
While staying in our antepartum unit, you can access online maternity classes and support groups to start preparing for your little one. We also encourage you to speak to our social workers or chaplains about how you are feeling during your stay. Taking care of your mental health before your baby’s arrival is important.
Maternal and Neonatal Transport
Sometimes, it’s not clear that you have a high-risk pregnancy until you are in labor. Our specially trained transport team, including an OB and registered nurse, will pick up patients from other hospitals in the region to ensure you are cared for during transport. You may be taken via Medivac helicopter or ambulance to deliver at Memorial Regional Hospital.
Your Multidisciplinary Care Team
Your care team will include a variety of highly-skilled specialists, including high-risk obstetricians, perinatal nurse navigators, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, and knowledgeable labor and delivery nurses. Learn more about your care team.
Insurance and Financial Assistance
We can help you with a wide range of financial questions and concerns, including:
- Insurance waivers to ensure coverage if your pregnancy is deemed high-risk
- Flat fees for certain services
- Set prenatal care, delivery and C-section prices for patients without insurance
- Memorial Healthcare System-funded insurance
Our perinatal nurse navigator can help you with the financial aspects of your care and connect you with our billing and financial assistance teams.