High-Risk Pregnancy

High-risk pregnancies occur when certain medical conditions jeopardize your health or the health of your unborn baby. At Allegheny Health Network (AHN), women with high-risk pregnancies receive specialized care from OB-GYNs who have advanced training in diagnosing and treating pregnancy complications and fetal conditions. These physicians are known as maternal-fetal medicine physicians or perinatologists.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

Chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, increase a mother’s risk of pregnancy complications. Fetal conditions (those that affect unborn babies) also increase pregnancy risk. Fetal conditions are congenital, meaning that a child is born with them. Most fetal conditions occur for no known reason; however, some are inherited. 

High-risk pregnancy care at Allegheny Health Network: Why choose us?

Our high-risk pregnancy care team is always by your side, providing you with:

  • A dedicated team: Our team of high-risk specialists takes a collaborative approach to your care, informing and involving your referring physician at every step. Your referring OB-GYN has 24-hour access to one of our high-risk physicians for consultations or emergencies.
  • Advanced technology: We use the latest diagnostic technology to provide you with accurate information about medical conditions and treatment options. We want you to feel confident making educated decisions about the care plan for you and your unborn child.
  • Emotional support: Our women’s behavioral health counselors help you cope with the stress of a complicated pregnancy or caring for a baby with health problems. We help you navigate every step of the journey, from pregnancy and childbirt