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A team approach to managing high-risk pregnancy
Parents know that even under routine circumstances, pregnancy, labor and delivery can be challenging. When a woman faces a high-risk pregnancy, challenges are intensified, requiring even more expertise and compassion from the medical team.
While treating each woman’s physical needs, the obstetrics and gynecology specialists at Loyola University Health System are also flexible and try to find creative approaches to accommodate the patient's lifestyle and make her pregnancy more manageable.
Among the underlying reasons for a high-risk pregnancy are diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or a transplanted organ. Cervical issues also can create a high-risk situation. A condition known as cervical incompetence can cause dilation and thinning before a pregnancy has reached full term. That can result in a miscarriage or premature delivery.
Lashawna Netisingha’s cervix issues had led to two miscarriages. When Lashawna became pregnant again, she knew she needed special care. At 14 weeks into her pregnancy, she met with a Loyola specialist. "Through my research I learned that a cerclage (temporary stitching of the cervix) might help in cases similar to mine," she said. The doctor scheduled Lashawna for the procedure for the next day.
Loyola’s maternal-fetal medicine specialists treat the full range of pregnancy complications. The team includes obstetricians, neonatologists, geneticists and obstetrical anesthesiologists. Loyola offers a world-class neonatal intensive care, the only obstetrical intensive care unit in Illinois, and one of the state’s highest survival rates for low-birth-weight infants.
All of our patients, high- or low-risk, are comforted to know that if any issues surface unexpectedly during their pregnancy, labor or delivery, world-class specialists are available 24/7. Lashawna appreciated the access to her obstetrician, saying that she "helped make us feel secure and confident that everything would be OK."
In June 2010, with her pregnancy lasting full term (40 weeks), Lashawna welcomed their baby daughter Savi into the family. The 26-year-old Oak Park mom has returned to her work as a teacher and tutor and is balancing her work and home responsibilities gracefully. Looking into the future, she said, “When we have another baby, Loyola is the only place we would go.”
For more information, or to schedule an appointment with a Loyola physician, call (888) LUHS-888 (888-584-7888).