High Risk Obgyn

High Risk Obgyn

A high risk pregnancy has to be dealt with by a good obgyn. A pregnancy is considered high risk if the mother has a health problem, requires specific medications to control a condition or disease, developed high blood pressure during pregnancy, has a history of preterm delivery, had a previous high-risk pregnancy, has experienced previous pregnancy loss or is currently pregnant with multiple fetuses or a fetus with a known birth defect.1 The pregnancy is called “high risk” because of two reasons. First, complications before or after delivery are more likely to occur. And second, because the mother or baby is more likely to become ill or die than usual.



In cases of high risk pregnancy, the services of a maternal-fetal medicine specialist or high risk obgyn are necessary. A maternal-fetal medicine specialist is an obgyn who has received additional education and can evaluate, diagnose and monitor high-risk pregnancies.2 With the help of maternal-fetal medicine, a high risk pregnancy becomes less stressful for the expectant mother and her family.

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has several maternal-fetal medicine specialists, among them are Michal Elovitz, Emmanuelle Pare, Samuel I. Parry, Nadav Schwartz, Sindhu K. Srinivas and Eileen Y. Wang.

Sources:
1 http://www.drexelmed.edu/FindaPhysician/MedicalPractices/CenterforGeneticsMaternalFetalMedicine/ClinicalServices/HighRiskObstetrics/tabid/1604/Default.aspx
2 http://www.pennhealth.com/obgyn/services/obstetrics/mfm.html