All high-risk obstetric patients are followed by the Obstetrics service and staffed by a board certified Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist. Each Tuesday and Thursday, a very busy High Risk Clinic is scheduled to follow these patients with a wide variety of medical conditions including diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. In addition, all Obstetrics residents rotate through the High Risk Obstetrics service during their first, second and third year. A 26-bed, high-risk unit is adjacent to the Labor & Delivery area specifically designed to provide for the special needs of these patients. By the end of the residency training, all residents are proficient in amniocentesis & ultrasound.
St. Vincent's reputation as a tertiary referral center lends itself to high-risk maternal transports from surrounding communities. Residents actively participate in the care of these women along with the Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist.On average, there are 15 antepartum patients on-service at all times.