Am I Considered High-Risk?
Most healthy women have low-risk pregnancies, but there are times when someone might be considered high-risk. Here’s what you need to know about a high-risk pregnancy.
What are some factors that make a pregnancy high-risk?
Some factors that may predispose you to a high-risk pregnancy include:
- Existing health conditions like hypertension, diabetes, thyroid problems, etc.
- A childhood heart disease
- A pre-existing cancer
- Infections like HIV
- History of previous high-risk pregnancy
- Twin or higher gestation pregnancy
Sometimes, there may be no apparent underlying cause and still have a high-risk pregnancy.
How do you know if you are high-risk?
It is considered a high-risk pregnancy if you have a condition that puts you or your baby at an increased risk or danger.
At the birth center, we use a ten-point scale to determine whether you have a high-risk pregnancy.
If you have any health conditions mentioned above or have a history of pregnancy complications, you should consult a midwife to confirm if you are high-risk.
Can you still care for me if I am high-risk?
For birth center birth, we believe anyone who has a low-risk pregnancy and is looking to experience a natural out-of-hospital delivery is a good candidate.
The majority of women that successfully give birth at birth centers are low-risk. This allows us to opt for out-of-hospital maternity care.
Midwives are exclusively trained to be experts on normal pregnancy and delivery. If they believe you are at risk, they will be quick to disclose it.
If you have an established high-risk pregnancy, we recommend giving birth in a controlled hospital setting since they have better resources to deal with an emergency if a need arises.
If you want to learn more about whether you are a good candidate for the birth center, send us a message!