High Risk Pregnancy Care

Pregnant women over the age of 35, those having more than one baby, and those with chronic health concerns or fetal concerns are considered to be in a high-risk group. If you are pregnant and fall into any of these categories, your Ob/Gyn may refer you to a perinatologist, also called a maternal-fetal specialist, to assist with the specialized care your pregnancy will require.

Maternal-Fetal Physician Specialists

Board certified maternal-fetal medicine physicians are included on the medical staff and on site at Baptist for Women. These specialists are available to assist in your care in consultation with your own regular Ob/Gyn. They can provide specialized diagnostic testing, such as high-resolution ultrasounds, and screenings to ensure your pregnancy is as smooth and uncomplicated as possible.

Learn about maternal-fetal specialists at Baptist. See their video profiles.

Pregnancy After 35

More women than ever are waiting to start a family. Although women who deliver babies at age 35 or older do face increased risks, gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, for example, keep in mind that most women in this age group do have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. It’s important to meet with your physician before getting pregnant to discuss risk factors and plan for your pregnancy care.

Additionally, if you haven’t yet started your family, fertility does tend to decrease beginning in your thirties. Some fertility issues stem from medical conditions, such as a history of endometriosis, that can be successfully treated. Again, remember most women in this age group can become pregnant and deliver healthy babies.

Learn about treatment for infertility at Baptist.

About The Birthplace

Patients admitted to Baptist for Women for inpatient high-risk pregnancy care stay in The Birthplace, our beautiful facility appointed with amenities such as flat screen TVs and small refrigerators. Each private Mother/Baby room also features a spa-inspired bathroom with wall-mounted hair dryer and hand-held shower faucet.

See pictures of The Birthplace.

Although most women deliver without complications, should difficulties arise you and your baby will have access to the full services of Baptist's comprehensive medical facilities. C-Section Delivery Rooms are immediately accessible from the regular Labor-Delivery-Recovery rooms in case of an emergency or a difficult delivery. Experienced physicians in more than 25 specialties and sub-specialties serve on the hospital staff, including board certified OB hospitalists who are on site 24/7. Neonatal and adult intensive care units located in the hospital offer additional medical resources should they be required.

Maternal Transport Program

The Maternal Transport Program at Baptist for Women provides quality inpatient care and a nurturing experience to high-risk pregnancy patients throughout Mississippi and in surrounding states. Patients are sent by their local Ob/Gyns and returned to their physicians for follow up appointments after discharge.

Focus on Quality Care

Baptist is a member of the Vermont Oxford Network, an international collaborative of more 700 hospitals around the world, whose mission is to improve the quality and safety of medical care for newborn infants and their families. Through this membership, our staff is kept up to date with the newest information related to the care of newborns.

Specialists in High Risk Pregnancies Lead a Multi Disciplinary Team

The board certified specialists in Maternal Fetal Medicine (Perinatology) work with a comprehensive health care team including:

  • Board certified Obstetricians
  • Neonatologists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
  • Dedicated Respiratory Therapists
  • NRP certified Registered Nurses
  • Pediatric Surgeon
  • PharmDs
  • NICU Discharge Planners
  • OB-trained Nurses
  • Certified Lactation Consultants
  • Case Managers
  • Social Workers
  • Staff Chaplain

Still Have Questions?

If you need more information about high-risk pregnancy care at Baptist, use the Contact Us link to send a message to the Baptist Health Line. Or, call 601-948-6262 or 1-800-948-6262 to speak to a Health Line nurse.

To request a referral to one of our physicians, call 601-948-6262 or 1-800-948-6262. Or, you can request this referral using our online form. This is a free service.

Request a physician referral online.

You may also be interested in these podcasts:

  • High Risk Pregnancy care at Baptist. (10:59)
  • The Journey of Pregnancy: I am 35 and Pregnant (12:16)
  • One Patient's Experience: High Risk Pregnancy (06:06)
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