A pregnancy is considered high risk when there are potential complications that could affect the mother, the baby, or both. Specific medical conditions include: high-blood pressure, diabetes, lupus and other immune conditions, heart or lung problems, or chronic infections. A history of multiple miscarriages, preterm labor, pre-eclampsia, and or genetic disorders may also be considered a high risk pregnancy.
Baby complications that make a pregnancy high risk may include growth problems, birth defects detected on ultrasound, genetic disorders, abnormal fluid around the baby, and a pregnancy with more than one baby.
The patient is initially referred to Tallahassee Perinatal Consultants for consultation by their primary obstetrician, family practitioner, or midwife and we work closely with them to try to achieve the best possible pregnancy outcomes. If necessary, we may refer you to other specialists that will help with your treatment.
In addition, we offer other services such as pre-conception counseling. This service is offered prior to pregnancy for individuals or couples at risk for certain genetic disorders, birth defects, those who have had several miscarriages, or who have certain medical conditions and are taking medications that may be harmful to their future developing baby. If available, testing for various genetic conditions may be discussed including the risks, benefits, and limitations of the test.
We also offer diabetes and hypertension management in pregnancy. We encourage patients and their families to take control of their treatment. We work together as a team to improve maternal and fetal outcomes.
Our mission is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care in a warm and family-friendly environment. Through communication and support, we hope to relieve the anxiety associated with a high risk pregnancy and provide comfort and optimism.