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Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital Take High Anxiety out of High Risk Pregnancy

You're thinking about having a child, or maybe you're already expecting. In both cases, you want the best for your child, and that begins with a healthy pregnancy and positive birth experience. And while most pregnancies go according to plan resulting in normal, routine deliveries, some pregnancies require close monitoring and highly specialized obstetric, fetal and neonatal care.

At the Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital on the campus of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, we are home to some of the state's finest maternity and birthing care experts, including board-certified obstetrician-gynecologists as well as fellowship-trained and board-certified maternal fetal medicine and fertility specialists, and neonatologists. Our specialists and sub-specialists are committed to seeing you through pregnancy and birth no matter what your specific challenges or conditions – all in a technically advanced, family-centered facility that has received national recognition for patient satisfaction.

What Doctor Has 2 Free Hours To Talk About
Your Child or Yout Pregnancy?
NHRMC Specialists Do.

On April 7 between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at The Fitness & Wellness Center at Brunswick Forest, physician experts will be available to answer your questions on a wide range of maternity and birthing care topics, including high-risk pregnancy and maternal fetal medicine.



Your chance to get your questions answered is now - reserve a space today by visiting or by calling Vitaline at 910.815.5188

Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital


Q. What does the term "high-risk pregnancy" mean?

A. A high-risk pregnancy describes a pregnancy where certain factors put the mother, the developing fetus, or both at higher-than-normal risk for complications during or after the pregnancy and birth. Factors such as age (younger than age 15, older than age 35), weight, history of complications duringprevious pregnancies, multiple gestation, gestational diabetes and high blood pressure may increase chances for a high-risk pregnancy. Consult your health-care provider if you have any of these conditions or symptoms.

Q.Who treats women with high-risk pregnancies?

A. Women evaluated by their healthcare provider and diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy are often referred to a perinatologist, or maternal fetal medicine specialist, a highly trained obstetrician-gynecologist who specializes in the care of women with high-risk pregnancies and also prenatal diagnosis. Treatments for high-risk pregnancy vary and may include dietary restrictions, medications and, occasionally, in utero (in the womb) therapeutic techniques.


Q.What are the most common fetal conditions requiring a maternal fetal specialist?

A. Conditions affecting infants in the womb that may require the expertise and care of a maternal fetal medicine specialist include:
• Birth defects
• Blood disorders
• Chromosomal abnormalities and genetic syndromes
• Multiple birth
• History of preterm birth
• Congenital infections
• Intrauterine growth abnormalities

Q.What does it mean to have to go on "bed rest?"

A. Some women's complications during pregnancy may require them to limit their mobility and activity. Bed rest during pregnancy can range from simple periodic resting at home to full bed rest and monitoring in a hospital. At the Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital, women on bed rest spend their days in the hospital's 13-bed, all-privateroom Antepartum Unit, complete with a full range of amenities including a family kitchen, lounge and laundry facilities.


Q. How is my pregnancy care co-ordinated between my specialist and my regular healthcare provider?

A. Your regular obstetrician or nurse-midwife will stay in regular contact with your high-risk pregnancy specialist. A woman may see her maternal fetal specialist several times over the course of her pregnancy, though it will be her obstetrician who continues to manage the pregnancy and deliver the baby.

Q.What is genetic counseling?

A. Genetic counseling is a service provided by a health professional with a specialized degree and extensive training in the field of medical genetics. A genetic counselor is an integral part of the maternal fetal medicine team providing genetic expertise to physicians and other health professionals. Genetic counselors review family histories, discuss genetic risks, explain available testing options and implications of test results, as well as provide support to patients and family members. A genetic counselor provides information in a non-directive, unbiased manner and allows the patient to make her own decisions regarding testing options.


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