Advanced Care for Mothers and Babies
When extra care is needed for any kind of complication, Franciscan Health System is among the best in the region to provide the necessary care and medical expertise. We offer a knowledgeable and experienced maternal medicine team (perinatologists) for high risk pregnancies, and skilled experts in neonatology for the care of premature and fragile newborns.
For moms with a high risk pregnancy
Various things can cause “high-risk” complications for a pregnant woman or her unborn child – the mother’s age, chronic medical conditions, growth abnormalities in the baby, previous premature birth, etc. Whenever the health of either mom or baby is a concern, referral to maternal fetal care, by a perinatologist, is an important step.
Franciscan has two Maternal-Fetal Medicine clinics – one in Tacoma and one in Federal Way – to provide a comprehensive range of specialized services for both mother and baby, including:
- High-risk management for complicated pregnancies
- Management of multiple gestations
- Management of maternal medical complications, such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiac disease, seizure disorders and thyroid disease
- A full range of prenatal risk screenings, beginning in the first trimester
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists, or perinatologists, are obstetrician-gynecologists specially trained and highly experienced in the area of very high-risk pregnancies and births. They work in consultation with your OB/GYN physician or family practice obstetrician.
Franciscan Maternal-Fetal Medicine Associates at St. Francis
Franciscan Maternal-Fetal Medicine Associates at St. Joseph
For the critical care of fragile newborns
In addition to maternal-fetal medical care during high-risk pregnancies, Franciscan Family Birth Centers are equipped with Special Care Nurseries at two of its birth center locations serving all fragile newborns born at a Franciscan facility.
Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
NICU care is now available at St. Joseph Medical Center for fragile infants born as young as 28 weeks and weighing 1000 grams (or just over two pounds).
St. Francis Family Birth Center features a Level II Special Care Nursery for premature infants born at 34 weeks gestation who require special care
Both specialties provide dedicated support to mothers and babies during pregnancy and delivery.