All too often, complications can arise during pregnancy. Age, diabetes, hypertension, and other factors contribute to these complications. It is for this reason that the High-Risk Obstetrics Program at Regional Medical Center is an invaluable asset to the community.

Each year, nearly 5,000 babies are successfully delivered at Regional Medical Center, of which approximately 25 percent are considered high-risk. The program receives 1,500 referrals annually due to complications in pregnancy. The facility has all the comforts of home, as well as the sophisticated equipment necessary to handle complications during delivery.

Indications of High-Risk Pregnancy Include:

  • Deep vein thrombosis or embolism
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart problems
  • HIV
  • Obesity
  • Over 35 years old
  • Poor outcome in previous pregnancy
  • Renal disease
  • Severe asthma
  • Sickle cell anemia

Giancarlo Mari, M.D., is the Medical Director for the High-Risk Obstetrics Program.