High-Risk Pregnancy

High risk pregnancy with help from north shore doctor.
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


  • Asthma
  • 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

Amniocentesis

    • 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.

Genetic counseling

    • 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.