High-Risk Pregnancy

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A close up of a woman's pregnant belly under a long sleeved gray shirt.
Why Yale Medicine?
  • We developed many of the methods used today to safely navigate high-risk pregnancies.
  • Yale New Haven Hospital has a Maternal Special Care Unit dedicated to high-risk pregnancies.
  • We offer the only labor and delivery unit in the state staffed 24-7 by maternal-fetal specialists.

Whether planning for or anticipating the birth of your baby, every woman hopes for an uneventful pregnancy and easy delivery. For most, this is exactly what happens. However, women can face unexpected difficulties and complications.

Our experts in Maternal-Fetal Medicine can help. 

"At Yale Medicine, you'll have access to a multitude of medical and surgical specialists, whether it's working with a thoracic surgeon for a pregnant patient who had an aortic dissection to taking care of patients who have transplanted kidneys and livers," says Katherine Campbell, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology & reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine. "For the baby, we collaborate with geneticists, genetic counselors, pediatric cardiologists, neonatologists and pediatric urologists." 

A high-risk pregnancy is one in which a woman and her fetus face a higher-than-normal chance of experiencing problems.

These risks may be due to factors in the pregnancy itself—such as an issue with the fetus or the placenta—or they may stem from preexisting maternal medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, or lupus. Events that occur during a pregnancy may also lead to high-risk status.