1. Overview of High-Risk Pregnancy

  1. John T. Queenan MD1,
  2. Catherine Y. Spong MD2 and
  3. Charles J. Lockwood MD3
  1. John T. Queenan MD1,
  2. Catherine Y. Spong MD2 and
  3. Charles J. Lockwood MD3

Published Online: 4 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119963783.ch1

Queenan's Management of High-Risk Pregnancy: An Evidence-Based Approach, Sixth Edition

Queenan's Management of High-Risk Pregnancy: An Evidence-Based Approach, Sixth Edition

How to Cite

Queenan, J. T., Spong, C. Y. and Lockwood, C. J. (2012) Overview of High-Risk Pregnancy, in Queenan's Management of High-Risk Pregnancy: An Evidence-Based Approach, Sixth Edition (eds J. T. Queenan, C. Y. Spong and C. J. Lockwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119963783.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA

  2. 2

    Bethesda, MD, USA

  3. 3

    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA

  2. 2

    Bethesda, MD, USA

  3. 3

    Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 24 FEB 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470655764

Online ISBN: 9781119963783

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Keywords:

  • factors of high-risk pregnancy;
  • United States, and changing demographics;
  • identifying risk factors;
  • Rh immunization risk factor;
  • special Rh clinics for Rh-immunized mothers;
  • perinatal medicine;
  • fetal condition with biophysical profile;
  • evidence-based perinatology;
  • better methods, for fetal jeopardy and health;
  • preimplantation genetics

Summary

With the changing demographics of the United States population, including increasing maternal age and weight during pregnancy, higher rates of pregnancies conceived by artificial reprodutive technologies and increasing numbers of cesarean deliveries, complicated pregnancies have risen. Although most pregnancies are low risk with favorable outcomes, high-risk pregnancies — the subject of this book — may have potentially serious occurrences. We classify any pregnancy in which there is a maternal or fetal factor that may adversely affect the outcome as high risk. In these cases, the likelihood of a positive outcome is significantly reduced. In order to improve the outcome of a high-risk pregnancy, we must identify risk factors and attempt to mitigate problems in pregnancy and labor.