Overview of High-Risk Pregnancy

John T. Queenan, Catherine Y. Spong, Charles J. Lockwood

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationQueenan's Management of High-Risk Pregnancy
Subtitle of host publicationAn Evidence-Based Approach: Sixth Edition
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9780470655764
StatePublished - Jan 4 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Better methods, for fetal jeopardy and health
  • Evidence-based perinatology
  • Factors of high-risk pregnancy
  • Fetal condition with biophysical profile
  • Identifying risk factors
  • Perinatal medicine
  • Preimplantation genetics
  • Rh immunization risk factor
  • Special Rh clinics for Rh-immunized mothers
  • United States, and changing demographics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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