High-Risk Pregnancy

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Moms and babies need special types of care. We deliver both.

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Best Place for High-Risk Deliveries

Baptist Health is the most experienced in delivering babies in Northeast Florida. With Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville sharing its campus with Wolfson Children’s, and the NICU being just steps away from delivery rooms, it’s the ideal place to deliver your baby during a high-risk pregnancy.

Baptist Health and Wolfson Children's are family

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Surrounding You with Care

"At Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, we are really blessed to have a huge team of support for our moms who are experiencing high-risk pregnancy.

Not only do we have all the medical specialists, high-risk obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine physicians, and high-risk anesthesiology services that a mom with medical problems might need, but we also have all of the resources of Wolfson Children’s Hospital right at our doorstep."

Dr. Kathryn Villano
Chief of Perinatal Services
Baptist Health and Wolfson Children's Hospital

    Dr. Villano explains High-Risk Pregnancy:

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Are You High-Risk? or Is Your Baby?

If you or your baby has a suspected or known complication during pregnancy, you need an expert team working together to provide care before, during and after childbirth.

Factors That Increase Mom's Risk

  • Advanced age (over 35)
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Current or previous congenital heart conditions
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Multiple-birth pregnancy
  • Past complications with miscarriage
  • Premature labor or birth
  • Preeclampsia
  • Rh disease
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thyroid disorders

Diagnosis of High-Risk Babies

At the Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy Center at Wolfson Children's, we can determine if your baby may need additional medical care. While it's never easy to hear there might be something wrong with your baby, early diagnosis can have a positive impact on your baby's health, your delivery plans, and treatment offered before or after birth.

Some conditions present before birth that we diagnose:

  • Abdominal wall defects (gastroschisis)
  • Brain malformations
  • Chromosomal conditions, including down syndrome
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Congenital heart conditions
  • Fetal growth restriction
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Gastrointestinal malformations
  • Kidney and urologic abnormalities
  • Musculoskeletal disorders such as club foot and arthrogryposis
  • Spina bifida and neural tube defects


There's Room For You Here

As Jacksonville grows, so do we.
Our Critical Care Tower includes spacious NICU floors and state-of-the-art technology. The space maximizes natural light, which is proven to promote healing in infants and children, as well as postpartum mothers.

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The Tower integrates Baptist Jacksonville’s high-risk obstetrics and neonatal delivery center and will provide excellent care to families for decades to come.

Learn More About There's Room For You Here

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  • Signs and Symptoms Your Risk May Be Increasing

    Complications often present with warning signs. Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms.

    • Abnormally heavy vaginal discharge or any bleeding
    • Severe headaches, especially with blurred vision
    • Lower abdominal pain or cramping
    • Decreased fetal movements
    • Urinary pain or burning
    • Sudden or severe swelling in the face, hands or fingers
    • Fever or chills
    • Vomiting or persistent nausea
    • Dizziness
    • Psychological changes like thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
  • Preterm Birth Prevention

    Our goal is for you to carry your baby to term. Your perinatologist may recommend medical or surgical interventions intended to prevent preterm birth.

    And should you need hospitalized bed rest, we built a special series of suites in our Critical Care Tower just for that. You'll be able to rest knowing you're just footsteps away from expert care should baby come early.

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  • We're Equipped and Ready For Anything

    While 1/3 of all births are surgical, your chances for a scheduled cesarean go up when there is known fetal or maternal risk. Vaginal delivery could be risky to mom or baby in situations such as Placenta Previa, multiples, or cord prolapse. When medically necessary, C-Sections are a safer option for high-risk deliveries. But a cesarean is more than a procedure—it's the birth of your baby.

    If surgery is a surprise to you, rest assured that it's not for us. We do this every day. In most cases, you'll be awake during the birth and your partner or support person will be with you. We have protocols in place to help you recover better and faster, and you'll be in close proximity to your baby even if they are in the NICU.

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