From the time you find out you are expecting until after you’ve delivered your baby, we are here to care for you and your growing family. Our maternity services include:
This serious condition occurs when the placenta — an organ that provides the fetus with oxygen, nutrients, and other substances, and eliminates wastes — grows too deeply into your uterine wall. This makes it extremely difficult to remove the placenta after your baby’s birth. You may need:
In this condition, the placenta implants either fully or partially in the lower portion of your uterus. In this position, the placenta blocks the opening of the cervix to the birth canal. You may need:
Preeclampsia is high blood pressure that starts after the 20th week of pregnancy. You may need:
Preeclampsia usually ends shortly after you give birth.
Preterm labor — any labor that starts before the 37th week of pregnancy — may require:
Other conditions that require close monitoring during pregnancy include:
Sometimes babies in the womb are diagnosed with problems that require surgery immediately. Fetal surgeries are performed by maternal-fetal medicine specialists.
Percutaneous umbilical cord sampling (PUBS) and fetal intrauterine transfusions (FITS) are treatments for fetal anemia. This condition can develop from a protein in your blood or a virus you pass to your baby through your shared blood supply.
Fetal anemia can destroy your baby’s blood cells or attack the bone marrow. When this happens, your baby’s body can’t make normal blood cells. Then, FITS is the only way to keep the fetus alive until it can live outside the womb.
In a FITS procedure, your doctor carefully guides a needle into the blood vessels of your baby’s umbilical cord or liver. Then your doctor transfers specially prepared blood cells into your baby. FITS usually can supply your baby with enough blood for 2 to 3 weeks. After that, your baby may need the procedure again.
Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is a life-threatening condition and can cause brain damage.
TTTS happens when there is an abnormal connection in the circulation system between identical twins in the womb. One twin may give much of its blood to the other twin. This causes growth problems and makes it harder for the first twin to produce amniotic fluid. The twin who receives the extra blood may not be able to process it and may produce too much amniotic fluid.
To treat TTTS, a doctor inserts a small camera with an attached laser fiber through your abdomen into the womb. The camera shows the shared placenta on a monitor. Your doctor can see the interconnected blood vessels between the twins. The laser fiber burns these vessels and disconnects the shared blood flow. This procedure can be effective to save at least one, if not both, twins.
When a fetus has a blockage in the urinary or lymphatic system, the baby can develop excess fluid in the chest, abdomen or bladder. The fluid can put pressure on the heart, lungs and kidneys, and it can cause permanent damage.
Your doctor may go through your abdomen and uterus to place a shunt (a small passageway) directly into the fetus to drain the excess fluid and allow the baby to develop normally.
When you’re pregnant with more than one baby, you may need: