Discovering 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, 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.