Pregnancy Diagnosis and Pregnancy Management
An early and accurate diagnosis of a mother or baby’s medical condition is critical in caring for a high-risk pregnancy. The Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) team at the Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health (CIMFH) is comprised of internationally recognized experts working together to ensure the best possible outcomes for these situations. From preconception consultation and prenatal diagnosis, through delivery and follow-up care, the MFM team has expertise in all types of conditions affecting both mom and fetus. They work in collaboration with the patient’s primary OB throughout pregnancy and delivery, as well as other expert specialists in fields such as cardiology, oncology and anesthesiology to care for high risk maternal medical conditions. When a pregnancy is high risk due to complications with the baby, the MFM expert works closely with the team of specialists who will take care of the baby before and after birth to provide the best care possible during the pregnancy and after delivery. This may include surgery or therapy for the fetus while it is still in the womb.
Advanced Delivery Facilities
To address high-risk labor and deliveries, the CIMFH has two special delivery units—the Women’s Care Center at University of Colorado Hospital, and the Maternal Fetal Care Unit at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Each facility also offers direct access to a top-ranked NICU, at the University of Colorado Hospital or Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Both OB units have private rooms and bathrooms, a bedside sleeping area for a family member, Internet access, and televisions with DVD/VCR players. Well in advance of your delivery date, your MFM expert will discuss your birth plan with you, including which unit offers the best facility for your delivery.
Specialized Post-Delivery Care
After delivery, mothers and their babies have access to top medical professionals at University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado. If a baby needs intensive care after delivery, he or she may be transferred to the CIMFH Neonatology team and will 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 in the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado.