When having a baby is complicated by maternal or newborn health risks, Riley at IU Health is a smart choice. We are best known as a nationally-ranked resource for children with complex conditions, but we also offer a full spectrum of prenatal, obstetric and postnatal care for at-risk pregnancies.
Maternal-fetal specialists at Riley at IU Health are trained to diagnose and treat women who have a risk of delivering a child with a birth defect or genetic disease. Our healthcare team has the breadth and depth of experience to manage a broad range of maternal and fetal health conditions.
Your healthcare needs are met using an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach that coordinates all the right expertise for your situation. Depending on your needs, your care may involve various experts, including neonatal, pediatric, maternal-fetal and adult subspecialists. Through precise coordination of your maternal-fetal care, we lead you and your unborn baby toward the most optimal outcomes.
Every birth is a unique experience, and Riley at IU Health is prepared to handle every circumstance your family could have with a pregnancy. Your baby has immediate access to the nation’s leading specialists in every field of pediatric healthcare, including neonatology, developmental pediatrics, genetic counseling, urology, cardiology, nephrology, neurosurgery, neurology and more.
From the very beginning, our experts collaborate to carefully plan your pregnancy and delivery. As you make healthcare decisions on behalf of your newborn, we are ready around the clock to care for you, your baby and your family with compassion and concern.
Expert Prenatal Care and Fetal Diagnosis for High-Risk Pregnancies. Your health and your baby’s health are inseparable. Through our Maternal Fetal Medicine Department, we manage your health in concert with your baby’s. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure or another health condition that could affect the health of your baby, our specialists and subspecialists can guide you from early diagnosis of any maternal or fetal condition, through prenatal care, delivery and beyond. We carefully plan every aspect of care for mothers and babies, involving all the right subspecialists at each stage of your pregnancy and delivery. When mothers or their newborns need prompt access to the state’s most advanced, comprehensive care at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, we offer Indiana University Health LifeLine transfer throughout Indiana, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Wellness, Specialty and Follow-up Care for Infants and Children. Fortunately, many carefully planned, high-risk pregnancies go so well that infants require only routine care at birth. When a newborn needs more specialized care at delivery, life may begin in one of several statewide neonatal intensive care units (NICU). This includes one of Indiana’s only Level IV NICU at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, where we nurture babies with one or more health conditions.
Riley at IU Health also offers the expert follow-up care some children may need to develop optimally, including Developmental Pediatrics and/or care by specialists for their conditions. Children born at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health who have a high risk for developmental problems are eligible for our Newborn Follow-up Care Program. This program observes children closely during the first two years of life to detect any delays that could benefit from early care.
Whatever your baby’s path is toward better health, Riley at IU Health is devoted to maintaining a partnership with your family for as long as we are needed. Together, our specialists form a consistent, unified team for families whose children need a special level of healthcare after birth and throughout childhood. Our statewide network for primary care can also provide convenient wellness care for children at all stages of their growth.
Riley at IU Health shares one of Indiana’s top public health priorities: improving prenatal care across the state. We are a leader in recent statewide efforts to reverse premature birth and infant mortality rates, helping Indiana build a better network of preeminent care for mothers and infants in several ways, such as:
Riley at IU Health Maternity & Newborn Health is dedicated to improving the health of all Hoosier families—especially yours.
We offer a number of different Maternity & Newborn Health services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our department.
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related programs & departments.
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Maternal-fetal specialists welcome referrals from gynecologists, obstetricians, primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals throughout the state. To arrange care for patients who are at risk for a complicated pregnancy, contact us at 317.944.7010 or by fax at 317.968.1028.
Riley at IU Health maternal-fetal specialists use evidence-based techniques informed by research, including collaborative studies with the Indiana University School of Medicine. Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists study a wide range of health problems, including research to identify new methods for detecting and treating women at risk for premature birth, which can increase the rate of infant mortality. Premature birth also gives surviving children a higher risk of cardiovascular, lung and metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Riley at IU Health Maternity & Newborn Health works with the Indiana University School of Medicine to offer specialized training in maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology, prenatal diagnosis, labor and delivery, ultrasound imaging and high-risk or complicated pregnancies. All medical students, residents and fellows involved in training or care are fully supervised by experienced physicians at Riley at IU Health.