High-Risk Pregnancy

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 with help from north shore doctor.

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


    • 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.