Why women pregnant with multiple babies need special care

Why women pregnant with multiple babies need special careDiscovering you are pregnant and carrying more than one baby can be an exciting and special time in a woman’s life. But, a pregnancy of multiples can have additional risks for the mother and unborn babies, and often is considered a high-risk pregnancy. In these cases, the obstetrician will most likely refer the mother to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, also known as a perinatologist, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies.

If pregnant with identical twins, the perinatologist will determine if the babies share a placenta. If the placenta is shared, there is a greater chance of a complication called twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. This condition can place the entire pregnancy at risk, with a 70 to 100 percent twin loss rate if untreated.

The Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin is one of a few centers in the country specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of complications in pregnancies of multiples. The Multi-Fetal Pregnancy Program is lead by Julian De Lia, MD, world-renowned pioneer in the study and treatment of twin-related conditions, along with a team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists and pediatric surgeons. The Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin is your link to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, ranked #1 in the nation by Parents magazine in its 2013 Best Children’s Hospitals survey.

If you or someone you love is pregnant with twins or multiple babies and would like to schedule a consultation, call 414-805-4776 or toll-free 855-FETALWI (that’s 855-338-2594).

Cresta Jones, MD- Cresta Jones, MD, maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin and assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Wisconsin

The Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin is a collaborative effort between Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin. It is the only program of its type in Wisconsin offering compassionate, individualized care when there is a health concern in a pregnancy.

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