Pregnancies are stressful at the best of times, and even more so when complications arise.
“The Women’s Reproductive Health and Newborn Care Program sees patients from throughout the region with complex maternal medical conditions or babies that have complications that are identified in utero,” says Dr. Patricia Smith, Deputy Chief of Obstetrics, Head of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, McMaster University Medical Centre. “We have about 3,200 deliveries a year, with about one-third being followed by the complex care team.”
General obstetricians work with teams that specialize in areas including maternal medicine, thrombosis and cardiology. Having many specialties under one roof, as well as a maternal intensive care unit, makes for more efficient care.
“Family-centred care is a priority,” says Dr. Smith. “A complex pregnancy is stressful for the entire extended family. We encourage patients to invite family members to participate in decision-making and be present for support.”
Dr. Smith also encourages donors to play an active role in supporting the program.
“Donor support enhances the patient experience by funding the purchase of important equipment and patient amenities. Your gifts can make a big difference.”