Exceptional high-risk pregnancy care in central Virginia
If your pregnancy is considered high risk, you can trust Chippenham Hospital's expert maternal-fetal medicine specialists (also called perinatologists) in Greater Richmond. We offer a wide range of services, from preconception counseling and fetal monitoring, to planning for a safe labor and delivery experience.
Our team cares for moms who are expecting multiples, have preexisting health conditions or develop conditions during pregnancy. If you and your baby need extra monitoring or care, you’ll find the ideal combination of experience and expertise at Chippenham.
To learn more about our high-risk pregnancy services, call our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (804) 320-3627.
Greater Richmond families choose us for:
- Leading specialists—Our fellowship-trained maternal-fetal medicine doctors work closely with a team that includes your regular OB/GYN, genetic counselors, experienced nurse practitioners and other professionals. We work together to help ensure the best possible outcomes for you and your baby.
- On-site neonatal intensive care—Chippenham's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides around-the-clock care for the tiniest and most critically ill infants.
- Advanced pediatric services—If your baby has a condition that will require additional medical care during childhood, you can take comfort in knowing we offer a full-range of pediatric services, including emergency, hospital and specialty care on-site.
- Renowned treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)—In partnership with Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, we were the first in central Virginia to treat newborns with withdrawal symptoms caused by neonatal abstinence syndrome. Our maternal addiction program through our prenatal care team offers respectful care and support to moms, infants and families affected by substance abuse.
High-risk pregnancy conditions we treat
Pregnancy is deemed high-risk if a condition gives you and/or your baby a greater-than-normal chance of complications. These complications could occur during pregnancy, during labor or after delivery.
We provide maternal-fetal care for many conditions and situations, including:
- Carrying twins, triplets or other multiples
- Preexisting medical conditions, including high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, cancer, asthma, heart disease, epilepsy, lupus and HIV
- Medical problems that develop during pregnancy, including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and preterm labor
- History of miscarriage or other pregnancy complications
- Substance use during pregnancy
- Placenta problems, including placenta previa, placenta accreta or placental abruption
- Fetal growth or development problems
- Personal or family history of genetic conditions
- Personal or family history of birth defects
Our perinatology services
Our maternal-fetal medicine doctors provide a broad range of services, including:
- Preconception counseling—This service is available to individuals or couples who have concerns about getting pregnant or having a healthy baby. We can counsel you on risk factors, such as advanced age, fertility issues, preexisting medical conditions and a family history of genetic conditions.
- Genetic testing and counseling—If you have genetic testing, we’ll thoroughly explain your results and any possible risks to your unborn baby. We’ll also explain the benefits and risks of fetal testing.
- Fetal diagnostic procedures—We offer tests to screen for birth abnormalities or inherited conditions. These include amniocentesis, nuchal translucency screening and chorionic villus sampling.
- Prenatal ultrasounds—We’ll closely monitor your baby’s growth and development throughout your pregnancy using the latest ultrasound imaging procedures.
- Hospital antepartum care—If you need to be hospitalized during your pregnancy, you’ll stay in one of our antepartum rooms. We’ll do everything we can to make your stay as comfortable as possible for as long as we need to monitor your health and your baby.
- Delivery planning—Your doctor will work closely with our birth center team and NICU to help ensure a smooth, safe delivery and to prepare for any medical care you or your baby may need immediately after birth.