Refer a High-Risk Pregnancy Patient to Swedish


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At the Maternal and Fetal Specialty Center, we are committed to supporting you in caring for your patients with high-risks pregnancies.

Many of our patients continue routine obstetric care with their primary providers. Our specialists provide you with recommendations, and – if needed – partner you in the care of your patients.  In acute emergencies we are available for consultation and urgent transfers.

To refer your high-risk OB patient, call 206-386-2101 (First Hill) or 425-394-5021 (Issaquah). Completed referral forms can also be faxed to 206-386-6715. Referrals can also be made through EPIC.

Patient consultations and follow-up

On a patient’s initial visit, she will have a fetal ultrasound and meet one-on-one with a perinatal specialist.  She may also meet with a genetic counselor, certified diabetic educator and/or social worker. Our recommendations will be delivered to you soon after the visit.

If your patient needs to be closely managed by the specialists at the Maternal and Fetal Specialty Center, we will call you to discuss our recommendations. We are committed to working with you to determine the best plan of care for your patient.

At your request, our specialists can assume full care of patients with complicated pregnancies. Ultimately, however, it is your decision in collaboration with your patient.

For patients with fetal complications, we schedule comprehensive care conferences with the appropriate specialists. A perinatal social worker attends every conference, guiding patients through the steps that follow.  Following a comprehensive care conference, you will receive a full set of conference notes.

Compassionate care for medically complex pregnancies

At Swedish’s Maternal and Fetal Specialty Center, we care for both the medical and emotional needs of your patients.  Our genetic counselors and perinatal social workers serve as compassionate navigators, counseling patients and guiding them through the various steps in their personal care plans.

Our care team of physicians includes specialists in:

  • Maternal and fetal medicine
  • Neonatology
  • Pediatric cardiology
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Pediatric orthopedics
  • Pediatric infectious diseases
  • Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery
  • Pediatric nephrology

Each is dedicated to providing the best possible medical care to patients who are dealing with the stress that comes with a high-risk pregnancy.

We manage or co-manage with you, patients who:

  • Are pregnant with multiples
  • Are obese
  • Have a family history of genetic abnormalities
  • Have chronic medical conditions, including diabetes, hypertension and rheumatoid disease
  • Have pregnancy complications such as fetal restriction or pregnancy induced hypertension.

We further specialize in:

  • Invasive placentation management
  • Maternal medical complications
  • Pre-term labor
  • Fetal abnormalities

Our ultrasound program is comprehensive, and includes sonographers certified in genetic and fetal assessment ultrasound and fetal echocardiography.

Patient support and education

Patient support is at the heart of our services.  Our physicians, nurses, social workers and genetic counselors are highly skilled and compassionately guide patients through the many steps ahead and help answer all of their many questions.

Patient education is ongoing, and focused on the needs of the individual.  We offer a two-part gestational diabetes class that teaches women how to manage their blood glucose during pregnancy. And we offer a five-week series for families expecting multiples.

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Drs. Tanya Sorensen and R. Guy Hudson talk about renal fetal abnormalities, when and how they are detected, and how they will partner with you to treat patients needing specialized care.

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Common questions

As an OB provider, you have a critical role in making sure your patients are taken care of when they are found to be high risk. See a list of questions you may have about the Maternal and Fetal Specialty Center and the referral process. View Frequently Asked Questions