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 Hospital 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 a television with DVD/VCR player. 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.


What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A pregnancy is considered high risk when:

  • The mother has a high risk medical condition, like diabetes, heart disease or cancer.
  • An unborn baby is diagnosed with a high risk condition prenatally, such as a congenital heart defect or abdominal wall abnormality.
  • A complication develops during pregnancy, such as preterm labor or preeclampsia.
  • Pregnancy of multiples, such as twins or triplets (or even quadruplets).

For families facing a pregnancy with a fetal anomaly, you may be referred to the Colorado Fetal Care Center (CFCC) where our team of top-ranked, internationally known surgeons, physicians and experts  will be with you every step of the way. The team at CFCC offers advanced treatment for many fetal conditions that can happen during pregnancy. They specialize in maternal fetal medicine, fetal surgery and pediatric subspecialties.


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 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at either Children's Colorado or University of Colorado Hospital. Babies with cardiac defects will be cared for by pediatric cardiologists, cardiac intensivists and pediatric cardiology nurses in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Colorado.