High-risk pregnancy doctors in Virginia
HCA Virginia's maternal-fetal medicine specialists, or perinatologists, specialize in high-risk pregnancy care. Whether you need preconception counseling to discuss your risk factors or have a known medical condition that requires careful monitoring during pregnancy, our doctors are here for you. We offer a wide range of high-risk pregnancy services to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and birth experience for both you and your baby.
For more information about our high-risk pregnancy services or for help finding a perinatologist, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse® line.
When a pregnancy is high-risk
A pregnancy is considered high risk if you and/or your baby have a higher chance of experiencing complications. These complications can be due to your age and/or medical or genetic factors, and they may occur during pregnancy, during labor or after delivery.
High-risk pregnancy conditions we treat
Our maternal-fetal specialists care for women with many high-risk pregnancy health conditions, including:
- Multiple pregnancy, risks increase when pregnant with twins or triplets
- Fetal growth or development concerns
- History of multiple miscarriages, preterm births or other pregnancy complications
- Pregnancy-related health problems, such as gestational diabetes or preeclampsia
- Personal or family history of birth abnormalities or genetic conditions
- Obesity or being overweight while pregnant
- Placenta problems, including placenta previa, placenta accreta or placental abruption
- Preexisting medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, asthma, heart disease, epilepsy or lupus
- Substance abuse during pregnancy
Maternal addiction treatment
We offer maternal addiction programs at Chippenham Hospital and Henrico Doctors' Hospital to address substance use and help you manage your pregnancy. We treat addiction in women of all ages in a nonjudgmental environment where respect, honesty and diversity are valued. Our maternal addiction day-treatment programs provide several hours of medical and behavioral health services up to five days a week.
Comprehensive maternal-fetal medicine services
Our perinatologists provide a broad range of maternal-fetal 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 or a family history of genetic conditions.
- Genetic testing and counseling: If you choose to have genetic testing, we will thoroughly discuss your results and any possible risks to your baby. We will also explain the benefits and risks of fetal testing.
- Prenatal ultrasounds:We use advanced ultrasound imaging to closely monitor your baby’s growth and development at your prenatal care
- Fetal diagnostic procedures: We offer tests to screen for birth abnormalities and inherited conditions. These tests include amniocentesis, nuchal translucency screening and chorionic villus sampling.
- Antepartum care: If hospitalization during your pregnancy is necessary, you will stay in one of our antepartum rooms. We do everything we can to make your stay here as comfortable as possible, for as long as we need to monitor your health and your baby.
- Delivery planning: Your perinatologist will work closely with our maternity team to help ensure a smooth, safe labor and delivery. Together, your care team prepares for any medical care you or your baby need immediately after birth.
Neonatal intensive care
If you experience a high-risk pregnancy, it's possible we may need to monitor or care for your baby in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after birth. Our hospitals are equipped with Level II and Level III NICUs where our neonatologists and nurses provide 24/7, advanced neonatal care.
On-site high-risk pregnancy consultants and perinatology specialists
We are proud to offer personalized maternal-fetal medicine services for women with high-risk pregnancies at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, Commonwealth Perinatal Services, located at Henrico Doctors' Hospital and The Perinatal Center at Johnston-Willis Hospital. Here, our team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists works closely with your obstetrician to understand your condition and unique medical history. Together, they will establish your treatment and ongoing needs to ensure you and your baby receive the high-quality care you need and deserve.
Perinatal nurse navigators
Providing you comfort, coordination and confidence during your pregnancy journey, our perinatal nurse navigators are your central point of contact for all things mom and baby. Our perinatal nurse navigator can:
- Provide assistance for those who have been identified as high-risk to coordinate specialist appointments and provide support
- Answer questions related to your prenatal, pregnancy, or postpartum experience
- Direct you to resources at our facility such as parent education classes and facility tours
- Assist you with coordinating and preparing for your appointments
- Assist you with understanding procedures as necessary
- Provide emotional support if you’re nervous or scared or lonely or all of these
- Facilitate communication between the physicians, nurses, and others on your care team
Our perinatal nurse navigators can also provide access to our maternal-fetal medicine experts who specialize in high-risk pregnancies. Nurse navigators can arrange appointments, take time to explain risks and complications, and provide an extra layer of support for you and your baby.
Meet our perinatal navigators
If you are receiving care at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, our Perinatal Nurse Navigator, Heather Thorn, will be assisting you during your pregnancy. Heather graduated from Bon Secours Memorial School of Nursing in 2003 and is currently enrolled at Chamberlain University pursuing her MSN. After graduation, she began her career at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital as a registered nurse on the OB/GYN Specialty Unit providing care for high-risk pregnancy patients, gynecological and plastic surgeries, and couplet care to new moms and babies. Heather has a true passion for women’s health and has served in various leadership roles for the last 10 years to further advocate for her patients, their safety and optimal outcomes. She looks forward to working with you and your family to guide you through your personal birth journey.
The Perinatal Center at Johnston-Willis Hospital is committed to caring for women who have high-risk pregnancies or need more than routine services. Our dedicated perinatal navigator, Barbara Greedan, MSN, RN, is here to assist you with care you can rely on. With more than 10 years of labor and delivery experience, Barbara’s life work is helping expectant mothers through their next step of care.
Barbara collaborates with a multidisciplinary team to ensure a smooth transition of care for you and your baby’s needs. You will find a compassionate and experienced friend in Barbara. She is available to assist you with everything from appointment scheduling to directions, hospital tours and what to expect at your next office visit.
If you are receiving care at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center, our perinatal nurse navigator Betti Jo Judge will be assisting you during your pregnancy. Turn learn more about Betti Jo and her role, watch the video below. To reach her directly, email Betti Jo Judge or call (540) 498-4682.