Committed to healthiest outcomes for every pregnancy
We want your pregnancy to have the healthiest outcome possible. That’s why we provide the most advanced prenatal (before birth) care for all pregnant women whether you’re coming to us for a routine screening, or to get an ultrasound and see an image of your baby for the first time.
If you’re facing a high-risk pregnancy, or you develop a problem during pregnancy, we have six maternal-fetal medicine physicians and a perinatal geneticist available for consultation at any of our easily accessible hospital campuses located in the Philadelphia suburbs.. If you have any complications at all, we’re also available to talk with your doctors, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Maternal-fetal medicine for high risk pregnancy
When you’re expecting a child, a healthy, normal pregnancy is ideal. However, that’s not always the case. If you are at risk for developing complications during pregnancy, or you’re currently experiencing complications, Main Line Health has maternal-fetal medicine specialists that can help.
The fellowship trained maternal fetal medicine specialists at Lankenau Medical Center are on site 24/7 to care for women who have high-risk pregnancies.
Our specialists are here to consult with you throughout your pregnancy, providing information, support and the highest level of care for pregnancy complications. Common reasons you may be referred to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist include:
- Advanced maternal age
- Gestational diabetes
- Hypertension (high blood pressure) during pregnancy
- Pregnancy with multiples (twins, triplets, etc.)
- Premature labor
At Main Line Health we see 22,000 pregnant patients a year. While 15,000 of those patients have routine pregnancies, about 7,000 are high risk. We understand your fears and concerns about your pregnancy and we have vast expertise working with women who may need additional medical attention, follow-up testing and guidance throughout pregnancy.
Advanced diagnostic testing to help you plan pregnancy
If you are facing a possible high-risk pregnancy, our specialists can assess your risk and help you plan for a current or future pregnancy. As part of our prenatal care services, we offer the latest diagnostic options for high risk pregnancy, including:
- Amniocentesis – This test involves obtaining amniotic fluid for genetic evaluation in order to determine information about fetus development.
- Biophysical profile (BPP) – This includes a non-stress test that evaluates how well the placenta is providing oxygen to the fetus in order to determine the well-being of your baby.
- Chorionic villus sampling – This test is performed early in pregnancy by taking a sample of tissue from the placenta to evaluate it for possible genetic or chromosomal abnormalities.
- Doppler flow studies – This study uses ultrasound to evaluate the blood flow to the placenta from the fetus and mother.
- First trimester/sequential screening – We use both ultrasound and testing of maternal hormone levels to determine if you are at an increased risk for having a baby with a condition such as Down’s syndrome (trisomy 21) or Edwards’ syndrome (trisomy 18).
- Genetic testing and counseling – A genetic counselor is available to consult with you and access your genetic risk through various genetic testing options.
- Ultrasound – We offer 3D and 4D imaging to help confirm gestational age, monitor growth, identify some abnormalities and evaluate the well-being of the fetus.