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High-risk pregnancy

A high-risk pregnancy indicates that there is a higher likelihood of a disease or condition that may put you or your baby at risk. This may be because of an existing health condition, a multiple pregnancy or even your age.

High-risk pregnancy and maternal-fetal medicine in Brandon, Florida

HCA Florida Brandon Hospital offers comprehensive care for high-risk pregnancies in the Tampa Bay Area.

A pregnancy may be considered high-risk for a variety of reasons, including existing health conditions, maternal age, lifestyle, multiple pregnancies and health issues happening before or during pregnancy. If these types of complications occur, our multidisciplinary team has the training and experience necessary to provide highly specialized, individualized care. Our team includes maternal-fetal medicine specialists, obstetricians, neonatologists, perinatal nurse navigators and other high–risk pregnancy specialists.

We work closely with you to decide how to best manage your care during pregnancy, delivery, and after birth.
As a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), our facility is specifically designed to care for babies born as early as 22+ weeks gestation. Additionally, we offer our high-risk patients genetic screening, diagnostic testing, and specialized fetal care as needed.

Patients we care for at HCA Florida Brandon Hospital

The specialists in our maternal-fetal program provide care for a wide range of fetal conditions, including:

  • Amniotic bands
  • Anorectal malformations
  • Bronchogenic cysts
  • Cardiac abnormalities
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM)
  • Duodenal atresia
  • Esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula
  • Gastroschisis
  • Genetic disorders, such as Turner’s syndrome
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intestinal atresia
  • Myelomeningocele, also known as spina bifida
  • Omphalocele
  • Pleural effusion
  • Preterm rupture of membranes
  • Pulmonary sequestration
  • Skeletal dysplasia
  • Twin-to-twin transfusion
  • Urinary tract obstruction
  • Vasa Previa

Our maternal-fetal and neonatal services for high-risk pregnancies and births may include:

  • Clinical nurse navigation and counseling
  • Comprehensive genetic testing and counseling
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services and specialized tests to diagnose conditions and manage risk factors
  • A multidisciplinary team that includes maternal-fetal medicine physicians, OB/GYNs, neonatologists and pediatric subspecialists
  • Neonatal intensive care unit with a special micro-premie unit to care for our smallest babies as early as 22 weeks
  • Perinatal palliative care and bereavement

Perinatal nurse navigation

Navigating a high-risk pregnancy can feel overwhelming. HCA Florida Brandon Hospital offers comprehensive high-risk pregnancy care guided by perinatal nurse navigators who solely focus on providing extra care to support your unique pregnancy and delivery experience.

Your perinatal nurse navigator helps develop a personalized care plan with a team of medical experts, coordinates appointments with specialists, facilitates communication between you and your doctors, advocates for your and your baby’s wellness and offers you and your family the resources and emotional support you need.

No matter what condition you may be facing, we are here to support you every step of the way. We are fully committed to a high-quality, family-centered pregnancy and delivery for you and your baby. For more information or to be referred to our perinatal navigator, please call (813) 916-3345.

Perinatal palliative care and bereavement

We understand how difficult it can be for families to hear their baby may not survive before or shortly after birth. That's why our perinatal palliative care team helps prepare families for the loss of a child. A palliative care birth plan is shared with the medical and nursing staff to support the family's wishes.

Supportive services for families during these difficult times include:

  • Considering memory-making options
  • Exploring medical decisions
  • Helping patients create a birth plan consistent with their wants and needs
  • Providing a safe environment to talk
  • Supporting the family's coping strategies