Coordinated Pregnancy Care for Heart Patients
Women with underlying heart conditions face increased risk of complicated pregnancies. The Heart Disease in Pregnancy Program through Saint Luke's Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists has the knowledge and experience these women need to have a safer pregnancy.
How the program works
We can work with you at any point in your pregnancy, whether you’re still thinking of starting a family, recently received a positive test result, or are a few months along. You’ll get the expert care you and your baby need from our specialists:
- A maternal-fetal medicine physician, an obstetrician who specializes in high-risk pregnancy
- A board-certified, specialty trained cardiologist to manage all underlying heart conditions
- A board-certified, specialty trained anesthesiologist to tailor pain management plan to each patient’s unique health conditions
- Constant monitoring by both cardiovascular and maternity nursing teams during your labor and delivery.
Immediate and consistent communication lets us better coordinate patient care from pre-conception through pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum.
Why it matters
Communication is key with high-risk pregnancies, and more so when heart conditions are in the picture.
- Mothers are at risk of worsening heart failure, arrhythmia, or emergent cardiac procedures.
- Cardiac pregnancies have increased risks for preeclampsia, maternal hypertension, gestational diabetes, and preterm delivery.
- Babies are at increased risk for low birth weight and high NICU admission rates.
By closely monitoring these pregnancies, our expert team can manage complications right away. Each patient receives a personalized delivery care plan that ensures immediate access to all necessary care.
Meet Our Team
- Karen Florio, D.O., Medical Director
- Laura Schmidt, M.D., Medical Director
- Becky Gray, R.N., B.S.N., Program Manager
- Darcy White, R.N., B.S.N., Program Coordinator