We are committed to the health and well being of all babies and moms, especially those facing challenges.

Dedicated to providing comprehensive high risk pregnancy care, we have been awarded the High Risk Obstetrics Certification from The Joint Commission, one of only a handful of hospitals nationwide to earn the coveted recognition. We currently deliver more babies, including those following difficult or complicated pregnancies, than any other facility in the Houston area.

While some mothers are diagnosed with high-risk pregnancies early in their pregnancy, others may develop complications that require attention later in their pregnancy. High-risk pregnancies are those complicated by disease or chronic health issues, advanced maternal age, obesity, birth defects, and other conditions including:

  • Multiple babies
  • Preterm labor
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension  (pre-eclampsia)
  • Chronic  hypertension  (high-blood pressure)
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Incompetent or weakened cervix
  • Bleeding disorders, including placenta previa and  placental abruption
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Post-surgical complications

High Risk Pregnancy Care

Our high-risk perinatal and antepartum programs provide constant monitoring of mother and baby, allowing the baby time to grow as much as possible in the stable environment of the womb. Our established practices help us identify patients at risk, offer early education and provide aggressive treatment to try and delay premature delivery.

Our team at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas has been caring for high risk mothers and their babies for many years. You and your baby will be cared for by our comprehensive multidisciplinary medical teams, and our highly skilled and experienced specialists who are committed to achieving the best possible outcome for you and your baby.

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.

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.

Providing advanced services to women who need special care during pregnancy, this specially-designed center provides moms-to-be with a unique area focused on their testing or urgent care needs. Our nursing specialists work with each patient and her personal physician to manage specific conditions, such as the onset of labor, obstetrical and gynecologic conditions, and surgical emergencies. If necessary, the Maternal Assessment Center will provide the patient with direct admission to the hospital’s Labor & Delivery unit.

Services for High Risk Pregnancies

Mothers who discover they are having multiples may be referred to our program for further testing to determine whether or not the pregnancy is likely to develop complications. If so, mothers consult with our maternal-fetal medicine specialists. Our multiples’ program fosters a family-centered environment where proven practices in maternal-fetal medicine give women and their babies the specialized care they require.

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.

Our Antepartum Unit is designed to care for high-risk patients before delivery. Perinatologists (physician specialists in maternal and fetal medicine) and antepartum nurses manage these high-risk pregnancies toward optimal outcome. Called the Antepartum Unit (APU), this 48-bed unit provides mothers on bed rest a second home complete with the additional support they and their vulnerable babies require.

The Woman’s Hospital of Texas is nationally recognized by the American Diabetes Association for quality self-management diabetes education. Our Perinatal Diabetes Center offers a variety of classes taught by certified diabetes educators, nurses and registered dietitians that are specifically designed to meet the needs of women with diabetes before, during and after pregnancy.

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.