The Birthplace is affiliated with maternal-fetal medicine specialists (perinatologists) from Massachusetts General Hospital who care for women with high-risk pregnancies. Patients see these specialists close to home at the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care. Through this program most of our high-risk pregnancy patients are able to deliver their babies safely at our Birthplace. Patients who require more advanced care can be transitioned seamlessly to Massachusetts General Hospital as needed.
High-Risk Pregnancy Conditions Treated
- Cervical incompetence
- Chronic illness
- Complications during pregnancy
- Fetal birth defects
- Gestational diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.)
- Placenta accreta or percreta
- Preterm labor
- Thyroid illnesses
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Services
- This procedure is generally performed between 16 and 18 weeks gestation to determine potential chromosomal abnormalities and other conditions in the developing fetus
First Look program
- This test is used within the first trimester as a screening tool to identify those babies who are at risk for chromosomal abnormalities.
- A perinatologist and/or genetic counselor reviews with you the risk of your baby inheriting a genetic defect and what options may be available for you.
Level 2 ultrasound
- This very thorough ultrasound is used for cases where there is a potential for genetic defect or an in utero complication for your baby.