Pregnancy and Delivery: High Risk Pregnancy
Pregnancies that are complicated by maternal conditions such as diabetes, hypertension,
twins, polyhydramnios or oligohydramnios (too much or too little fluid around your
baby), Rh incompatibility, birth defects and other high risk conditions require
that your baby undergo special testing during your pregnancy. This is done to ensure
that your baby is doing well.
The antenatal fetal testing clinic is a comprehensive multispecialty diagnostic
testing area providing many services, including:
- NST (non-stress test) in which your baby's heart beat is recorded over a period
of at least 30 minutes and inspected for signs of distress and reassurance.
- Fetal activity studies (biophysical profile or BPP) is a more detailed test of your
baby that includes an ultrasound evaluation of your baby's movements, amniotic fluid
- Fetal echocardiography is a special ultrasound of your baby's heart that is performed
in cases where the baby has been diagnosed with heart disease.
- A comprehensive quad screen. This is a special blood test that you take during the
second trimester that can help your doctor assess your risk of having a baby with
a serious birth defect.
- Cystic Fibrosis screening
Our state-of-the-art obstetrical ultrasound unit provides full-time basic and advanced
sonographic services to patients upon referral from their physician. Services include
scans for dates and fetal growth, as well as scans for birth defects, echocardiography,
genetic amniocentesis and other fetal diagnostic studies. Our ultrasonographers
are especially trained in every aspect of this specialty. The clinic is supervised
by a team of UF Maternal and Fetal Medicine physicians,
who are especially trained in high-risk obstetrics.
These services are provided in a comfortable, low-stress clinical setting with recliners
and educational videos.
Appointments are made at the discretion of your doctor. It is very important for
you to keep your appointment once your doctor decides it is necessary for you or
your baby to be evaluated in our antenatal fetal testing clinic.
Obstetric Anesthesia Team
The obstetrical anesthesia service provides 24-hour coverage for obstetrical emergencies,
elective cesarean deliveries, post-partum tubal ligations, cervical dilation and
evacuation procedures, as well as a full epidural service, including intrapartum
and postpartum pain management. Pain management not only includes epidurals for
laboring patients, but also for the control of immediate post surgical pain. To
complement the high standards of the UF Health Jacksonville high risk delivery service,
the obstetric anesthesia service provides their expertise in the total care and
management of the obstetric patient.
Pregnancy in Epilepsy Program
Pregnancy in Epilepsy Program - The new Pregnancy in Epilepsy program, or PEP, at UF
Health Jacksonville is a unique offering to patients in our area. The program addresses the challenges
and concerns of pregnant women with epilepsy. In addition, the team offers individualized care
every month for women with epilepsy during their pregnancy.
PEP services include:
- Offices visits with epilepsy physicians throughout pregnancy
- Coordination with obstetricians
- Consultation with pharmacists regarding anti-seizure medications
- Epilepsy program coordinator offers counseling to patients
- FAQs regarding pregnancy in epilepsy
- Information on pregnancy support services
- Pregnancy data registries that determine which anti-seizure medications cause birth defectsng
- Specific recommendations on breastfeeding for women with epilepsy