High-risk pregnancies are pregnancies in which the mother or the child’s life or health is threatened. If there is a medical condition present before pregnancy, or a medical condition develops during pregnancy for either you or your baby, your pregnancy
may become high-risk. Prenatal screening, ultrasounds, and diagnostic screenings such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS) can help you understand the condition your baby is in. There are several factors which can contribute to a high-risk
Mothers over the age of 35 may experience complications with their pregnancy.
Maternal health condition:
Mothers who are obese, have sickle-cell disease, kidney disease (preeclampsia), high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, lupus, thyroid disease, or Type 1/Type 2 diabetes, are considered high-risk pregnancies.
Excessive alcohol and drug consumption during pregnancy contribute to high-risk pregnancies, potentially causing birth defects.
The majority of multiples are delivered healthy. However, they are considered high-risk pregnancy. If serious complications occur, multiples are delivered prematurely which may result in health issues.
How We Care for High-Risk Pregnancies
PMC provides you with quality prenatal care, screening, and diagnostics. If you are in a high-risk pregnancy, we provide the testing and diagnosis necessary to determine your child’s condition throughout each term. With our specialized focus, full
range of services, and state-of-the-art facilities, our goal is to provide everything you need to achieve the healthiest possible pregnancy, and everything your baby needs for the healthiest possible start to life. We are known for expertly addressing
the needs of mothers and babies throughout complex pregnancies, and for the outcomes we achieve. PMC strives to optimize the outcome for high risk pregnancies by working alongside Obstetricians caring for their at-risk pregnant patients.
Meet out Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist
Courtney Stevenson, DO, FACOG Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Fetal Intervention
Dr. Courtney Stephenson earned global recognition by becoming one of only a few physicians in the United States who provide the life-saving intrauterine fetoscopic laser surgery to treat Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS), a condition which can
be fatal to the fetuses in nearly all cases if left untreated. Dr. Stephenson was the first woman in the United States to open a de novo fetal care surgery center. Since then, she has treated hundreds of fetuses in utero and surgically treated close
to 300 fetuses for TTTS with survival rates of over 92%. Dr. Stephenson and Dr. David Iannitti (hepatopancreticobiliary surgeon) performed the first-ever microwave ablation procedure during pregnancy to save fetuses losing blood to an acardiac mass,
known as TRAP sequence.
Over the past decade, Dr. Stephenson has consistently been recognized as a “Top Doctor”, both locally and nationally, with over 30 awards for excellence in patient care, innovations in medicine, and she was noted as one of Mecklenburg’s
50 Most Influential Women.
Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis
High Risk Pregnancy
Pregnant with Multiples
Detailed Fetal Ultrasound
Twin Twin Transfusion Syndrome
Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
Selective Fetoscopic Laser Surgery
Bladder Outlet Syndrome
High Order Multiples
Twin Reverse Arterial Perfusion
Microwave Ablation Procedure
Amnioreduction Caret-Right Amnioinfusion
Umbilical Cord Blood Sampling
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
For newborns requiring additional medical care, the NICU at Piedmont is a South Carolina Level III neonatal intensive care unit, allowing us to provide advanced medical treatments for babies born as early or in need of additional medical treatment. This
nursery is equipped to provide special care for premature infants and those who are sick or have complications. Infant care is managed and performed by a combination of skilled staff, including board-certified neonatologists, registered nurses and
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