High-Risk Pregnancy

Treating Two Patients at the Same Time

“Maternal-fetal” refers to the care of both mother and baby. Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine team cares for pregnant women with chronic health conditions, such as hypertension or diabetes. We also care for mothers whose baby has been prenatally diagnosed with a birth defect.

Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine team is recognized for remarkable expertise and exceptional dedication, compassion and extensive involvement in the latest advances in maternal and fetal care. In fact, Maternal-Fetal Medicine providers from around the U.S. routinely refer their most complicated cases to our team at UC Health.

UC Medical Center is the first and only Level IV maternity hospital in Greater Cincinnati, and one of just seven Level IV maternity hospitals in Ohio. A Level IV maternity hospital is a regional perinatal health care center able to treat the most complex medical conditions during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.

UC Medical Center has also been named a 2023-24 ‘Best Hospital for Maternity Care’ and ‘High Performing’ designation by U.S. News & World Report. UC Medical Center is also named a 2023 ‘Birthing-Friendly’ hospital by the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Additionally, UC Medical Center was ranked as one of America’s Best Maternity Hospitals by Newsweek and Statista Inc.

Conditions we treat

  • Diabetes and pregnancy
  • High blood pressure and pregnancy
  • Premature birth and cervical insufficiency
  • Placenta accreta and other placental disorders
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease and pregnancy
  • Prenatally diagnosed birth defects
  • Genetic disorders in pregnancy
  • Alloimmunization in pregnancy
  • Addiction and pregnancy
  • Cancer and pregnancy
  • Women outside the optimum childbearing years, those under age 20 or over 35

Our services

Our multidisciplinary team of Maternal-Fetal Medicine experts, Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow physicians, academic OB/GYN’s, OB anesthesiologists, OB/GYN resident physicians, specialized nurses, and support specialists provide the following:

  • Outpatient consultative services, including preconception consultation
  • Genetic and prenatal counseling
  • Amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (diagnostic genetic testing)
  • Preventive therapies
  • Diabetes management in pregnancy
  • Fetal therapy and surgical interventions
  • Transabdominal and transvaginal cerclages
  • Postnatal care, long-term follow up
  • Supportive services
  • Financial assistance
  • Inpatient, high-risk obstetrics patient support
    • Complex and emergency procedures
    • Immediate care for babies born prematurely: Our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is staffed with a fully integrated team of specialists.

Our specialty clinics

  • Medical Complications in Pregnancy Clinic
  • Diabetes in Pregnancy Clinic
  • Fetal Care and Therapy Clinic
  • Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy Clinic
  • Placenta Accreta Center of Excellence
  • Preterm birth prevention Clinic

Personal and Compassionate Delivery of Advanced, Intensive Care

We are fully equipped to manage any level of risk in a pregnancy, supported by the resources available within the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our ultra-modern birthing suites put you and your family in a comfortable environment during an emotional time. Our physicians work in collaboration with pediatric experts from the Cincinnati Children’s Fetal Care Center, one of a few comprehensive fetal care centers in the world specializing in the treatment of complex and rare fetal conditions. Along with our work with advanced medical research and technology, we develop warm doctor-patient relationships. Aware that pregnancy is an incredibly special and personal event, we see patients as close to their homes as we can and arrange for our patients to be delivered by their own doctors.

Schedule an Appointment

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, please choose from one of our locations:

UC Medical Center
Perinatal Center
3188 Bellevue Ave., First Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45219
513-584-LADY (5239)

West Chester Hospital
UC Health Women’s Center
7675 Wellness Way, Fourth Floor
West Chester, OH 45069
513-475-UC4U (8248)

Midtown Building
3590 Lucille Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45213
513-584-LADY (5239)