Maternal Fetal Medicine

Maternal Fetal Medicine


A high-risk pregnancy occurs when there are medical complications affecting either the mother or baby during pregnancy or birth. Obstetricians who specialize in caring for high-risk pregnancies are called maternal fetal medicine specialists. Our maternal fetal medicine team, based at University of Colorado Hospital, offers continuity of care from prenatal diagnosis through delivery and follow-up care for the mother and baby.

Prenatal Diagnosis and Pregnancy Management

Early and accurate diagnosis of the mother or baby’s medical condition is very important in managing a high-risk pregnancy. Our maternal fetal medicine specialists collaborate with imaging specialists from University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado to offer state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services, including fetal MRI and fetal echocardiograms. We also offer comprehensive genetic testing and counseling services.

If a high-risk pregnancy is confirmed, your maternal fetal medicine specialists will introduce the mother and her family to an interdisciplinary team of adult and pediatric specialists who will work with them to manage every aspect of the pregnancy, including and beyond delivery.

High-Risk Labor and Delivery

The Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health offers two special delivery units—the Women’s Care Center at University of Colorado Hospital and the Maternal Fetal Care Unit at Children’s Colorado—for mothers managing a high-risk pregnancy. Both units have private rooms and bathrooms, a bedside sleeping area for a family member, a safe and secure facility, Internet access, and televisions with DVD/VCR players. Both units also offer direct access to a Level 3B (University of Colorado Hospital) or Level 3C (Children’s Colorado) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which are the two highest designations available in the state. Well in advance of your delivery date, your maternal fetal medicine specialist will discuss your birth plan with you, including which unit offers the best facility for your delivery.

Pediatric and Maternal Care After Delivery

After delivery, you and your baby will have access to all of the region’s top medical specialists at University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Colorado. If your baby needs intensive care after birth, he or she may be transferred to the Neonatology team and stay in one of our state-of-the-art NICUs. Babies with cardiac defects will be cared for by pediatric cardiologists, cardiac intensivists and pediatric cardiology nurses in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the Heart Institute at Children's Colorado.