Some women are diagnosed with high-risk pregnancies early in their pregnancy, while others may develop complications later. Women carrying multiple babies or have a health condition such as diabetes often require special care an management throughout their pregnancy. We are dedicated to providing women facing challenges with their pregnancies with the support they need.
High Risk Pregnancy Classes
The Education Department, Perinatal Diabetes Center, and our NICU offer a variety of classes and support groups to help women and their families manage high risk pregnancy conditions and newborn babies who require special care.
You can register for classes and events by signing up for or logging into your MyHealthOne account, where you can pay for the class or event, and receive a registration receipt, and confirmation email. Classes fill quickly, so be sure to register early. If you need to cancel or make changes to your registration, please notify us as soon as possible. A 25% service charge for class cancellations applies. We provide free parking during classes, which meet on a regular schedule excluding holidays.
Designed to help women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), those with pre-existing type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or a history of gestational diabetes to get a great start before they become pregnant. Discusses meal planning, exercise, blood sugar control, pattern management, and use of medications. This course can either be taken as a 1-1.5 hour group or private class.
This class instructs participants in the management of diabetes. It is intended for those newly diagnosed with gestational diabetes (GDM) or type 1 or type 2 diabetes with no prior educations. This 2 hour long group class includes:
- Meal planning –a personalized meal plan is provided
- Exercise/activity levels
- Stress management
- Glucose meter instruction where participants learn how to use their meter, how to perform quality control checks, and how to record and analyze glucose results (pattern management) over time for better diabetes management
Discussion includes labor and delivery, infant feeding, postpartum issues, six-week blood glucose follow-up, and planning for future pregnancies.
Led by our Education Department, Marvelous Multiples class covers everything our regular childbirth class has to offer, in addition to a focus on having twins or higher order multiples. You will receive a book and plenty of resources to take home. We recommend that you attend early in the second trimester of your pregnancy.
- Hospital tour
- Tips for achieving a healthy multiple pregnancy
- Physical and emotional changes of multiple pregnancy
- Signs of labor and the labor process
- Fetal monitoring
- Techniques for coping with labor
- Induction of labor
- Preterm labor and what actions you can take
- Cesarean birth
- Pain medications for labor and birth
- Assisted vaginal delivery (forceps, vacuum extractor)
- Postpartum recovery and lifestyle changes
- Practical information about caring for more than one newborn
- Community resources for families with multiples
Participants should bring 2 pillows to class and are also encouraged to attend “Life with Baby,” “Infant CPR and Safety,” “Breastfeeding,” and “Breastfeeding Multiples” classes.
Designed for patients who currently wear (or want to wear) an insulin pump. Instructions include carbohydrate counting and how to use the pump. CGMS is an additional component designed to teach pattern management of blood sugars. Combining the pump with CGMS provides patients with greater diabetes control and lifestyle flexibility. This class is ideal for preconception planning for patients with pre-existing diabetes (type 1 or type 2). This course can either be taken as a 2-2.5 hour private or group class.
To ensure a healthy pregnancy for mom and baby, it’s best to start planning before becoming pregnant or during early pregnancy at the latest. This 1.5-2 hour group class instructs participants on eating a healthy, balanced meal plan and provides a personalized meal plan. Discussion includes portion sizes, label reading, dining out, and artificial sweeteners. This class meets all nutritional needs including:
- Healthy eating
- Weight management before and during pregnancy
- Postpartum concerns
This class is great for patients managing PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and diabetes, as well as women expecting multiples who want to maximize their nutritional intake.
This 1-1.5 hour group class is designed for the pregnant mom who has gestational diabetes (GDM), type 1 or 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or abnormal glucose. Participants will learn what to expect in the postpartum period, breastfeeding, blood sugars (type 1 and 2); nutritional needs for all postpartum moms; follow up on the Oral glucose tolerance Test -OGTT( for pts with GDM); weight managing tips ( nutrition and exercise with baby) and future family planning needs.
Infant CPR training is offered to all NICU parents. For some parents, it is required before their baby goes home. An infant CPR class is offered through our Patient Education Department. In this class you will learn and practice CPR for the infant up to 1-year of age. It also teaches what to do for an infant who is choking and general safety tips for the household with a new baby. It is vital information for any caregiver, including grandparents and babysitters. This is the American Heart Association's "Friends and Family" course. It does not require a test and does not confer a certification. You will receive an AHA CPR book and safety information to take home.
High Risk Pregnancy Support Groups
The Education Department at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas provides support groups to help families handle the psychological and emotional changes that come with newborn care and parenthood. In addition, the NICU enriches the hospital's curriculum with programs designed specifically for the families of NICU babies. All our support groups are free of charge. No registration is required to attend. Parking will be validated. Excluding holidays, support groups meet on a regular schedule.
Parents are encouraged to attend the weekly NICU parent group. Our NICU physicians, nurses, therapists, and other professionals attend and address topics such as NICU equipment, how to understand lab results, infection control, and strategies to care for your baby in the NICU and at home. The group offers an opportunity to learn and share with other parents. All our support groups are free of charge. No registration is required to attend. Parking will be validated. Excluding holidays, support groups meet on a regular schedule.
Time and Location
- First Wednesday of the Month: 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m
- All other Wednesdays: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Birth, Baby, and Beyond is an informal meeting of expectant mothers, fathers, new parents, and babies up to one-year of age. Dedicated to creating a supportive environment, BBB is designed to facilitate knowledge-sharing, relationship development and community-building among mothers and other experts involved in baby-related fields. We discuss issues of concern such as sleeping, crying, feeding, and family dynamics. Some weeks feature guest speakers.
High Risk Pregnancy Resources and Services
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas offers a variety of educational resources and medical services individualized for your special needs as you navigate your high risk pregnancy.
The Woman's Hospital of Texas Multiples’ Clinic provides comprehensive, supportive care to mothers who are expecting twins, triplets, or more. Our expert team of medical providers specializes in care for women with multiple gestation pregnancies and offers maternal-fetal medicine consultations. Our goal is to ensure that your pregnancy is a positive, exciting experience and most of all safe.
Our Multiples Clinic is a family-centered environment where proven practices in maternal-fetal medicine give multiple births' parents and children the specialized care they require. Come in at 14-weeks for:
- Maternal-fetal medicine consultations from HPA physicians
- Level II ultrasound
- Genetic counseling
- Personalized nutritional counseling
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas is available for speaking engagements to various groups, health fairs, and other corporations interested in diabetes related health. We are committed to mentoring RN & RD students in the field of diabetes and pregnancy. For more information, please call the Perinatal Diabetes Center at (713) 383-2839.
This program was developed to meet the special needs of families that have been identified as high-risk either because of a mom issue or fetal issue to coordinate specialist appointments and provide support for high risk conditions. Patients are cared for by our comprehensive multidisciplinary team committed to achieving the best possible outcome for them and their babies.
Mothers facing the possibility that their pregnancy is likely to develop complications consult with our maternal-fetal medicine specialists. These OBGYN physicians are high risk pregnancy experts who care for women with existing health conditions, multiple gestation, complications from previous pregnancies, and fetal health problems. In addition, all high risk deliveries are attended by a Board Certified Neonatologist and Neonatal Nurse Practitioners who are on-site 24/7.
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas proudly partners with the March of Dimes to provide the area’s only NICU Family Support program (1 of 2 in the entire state). We are the only hospital in Houston that has a full-time March of Dimes NICU family support program coordinator on site. The program offers information and comfort to families during the NICU hospitalization of their newborn, during the transition home, and in the event of a newborn death. It also provides professional education for NICU staff; and promotes neonatal family centered care in NICUs.
Many mothers of multiples require early bed rest and sometimes early admission to the hospital for monitoring. Our Antepartum Unit provides expectant mothers with a home-away-from-home. We can help with issues common to multiple births, such as:
- Multiple baby monitoring
- Pre-term labor
- Pregnancy-induced hypertension
- Gestational diabetes, chronic diabetes, and Type II diabetes
- Premature rupture of membranes
Our Level IV NICU allows us to offer the highest level of care available for high-risk infants who are premature, critically-ill or have a life threatening health condition. Our team of highly specialized and experienced staff cares for babies, including an in-house, board-certified Neonatologist (physician specializing in the care of newborns) and Neonatal Nurse Practitioners who are on site 24/7.
We provide 24/7 emergency transport care for mothers who have high-risk pregnancies or mothers who develop unforeseen complications. Our maternal transport team will bring you directly to The Woman’s Hospital of Texas with all the medical support you need, including a critical-care paramedic and an experienced labor/delivery nurse. From small towns located nearby to communities a few hundred miles away, our helicopter travels within a 150-miles within the radius of The Woman's Hospital of Texas, our airplane within 250-miles, and our ambulance within or beyond the limitations of our aircraft.
Homecare services, such as postpartum visits and homecare for high-risk pregnancies are available from a number of providers if your doctor determines this is necessary for you. Other homecare services available include skilled nursing, home health aides, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social services, a mental health and wellness program, and skin and wound management.