Highly experienced, tertiary consultant, multidisciplinary team
All key staff live within 5 minutes of hospital
24/7 access for concerns or urgent care issues
What is a high-risk pregnancy?
Quite simply, it is any pregnancy where there is a greater than normal chance of complications for either Mum or the baby. There are many factors that can predispose a pregnancy to risk. The following is not designed to be fully comprehensive but certainly covers the main ones.
Existing Health Conditions
- High blood pressure
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Kidney disease
- Autoimmune disease
- Thyroid disease
- Certain infections e.g. Zika
Life Decisions & Lifestyle
- First pregnancy after age 35
- Alcohol use
- Tobacco use
- Drug use
Conditions of Pregnancy
- Multiple gestation
- Gestational diabetes
- Preeclampsia and eclampsia
- Previous preterm birth
First Pregnancy after age 35
With busy lives and careers, this is perhaps one of the more common reasons for a pregnancy to be higher risk. Most pregnancies to older first-time mothers are normal but there are heightened risks of the following:
- Pregnancy-related high blood pressure (called gestational hypertension)
- Diabetes (called gestational diabetes)
- Pregnancy loss
- Ectopic pregnancy (when the embryo attaches itself outside the uterus)
- Caesarean delivery
- Delivery complications, such as excessive bleeding
- Prolonged labour (lasting more than 20 hours), or labour that does not advance
- Genetic disorders in the baby e.g. Downs Syndrome
Consequently, these are pregnancies and deliveries where we want to adopt a heightened vigilance and ensure there are plans in place to manage any specific risks.
Gestational diabetes is diabetes that is diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy. The good news is that it normally reverts after pregnancy. However, it can lead to sometimes serious complications during pregnancy and delivery and as such needs careful management and birth planning, with heightened coordination between obstetrician and neonatologist. Some of the complications include:
- Excessive birth weight, requiring a caesarean section delivery
- Early (preterm) birth, requiring baby to be admitted to NICU under a neonatologist
- Serious breathing difficulties, requiring immediate attention from a neonatologist
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), sometimes requiring specific support for your baby
- Obesity and type 2 diabetes later in life, for mum
- Stillbirth, an occasional complication of poorly managed gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes is very common in Cayman Islands, especially in mums of Caribbean origin. At Integra, we will always monitor closely for it so that we can ensure it is managed well during pregnancy and plan birthing arrangements to ensure everything goes smoothly and safely.
Integra Healthcare’s High-Risk Pregnancy Service
The Integra Obstetric-Neonatal team collectively represents decades of consultant-level, tertiary experience in managing both high risk pregnancies and the fetal or newborn complications that can arise. It is quite simple unique on Island:
- Only combined Obstetric-Neonatal team, allowing a true, seamless, multidisciplinary approach
- Only team with both obstetric and neonatal accredited and experienced tertiary consultants
- Detailed fetal anomaly scans conducted by a highly experience sonographer and independently reported
- All key obstetric and neonatal team members live within 5 minutes of Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town
- 24/7 access to the team for concerns or urgent care issues
Based on our combined experience of literally thousands of high-risk pregnancies, here and in the UK, our approach is comprehensive, designed to assess all risk factors, proactive and multidisciplinary. We’d be delighted to talk through that approach in detail, without charge, so that you can understand just why it is unique, as well as meet the team members who might be involved.
Our fetal medicine service is designed to ensure that fetal and maternal health are optimally managed through pregnancy, especially where risks or concerns exist. It’s planned from pregnancy to pregnancy and involves pre-conception counselling for women with previous adverse pregnancy outcomes, care of women with fetal abnormalities and fetuses identified with growth restriction, monitoring of fetuses during pregnancy and liaising with neonatal team to plan and ensure appropriate timing and place of delivery.
Dr Madhavi Manoharan has advanced training in fetal medicine, accredited by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in UK and more than a decade of consultant-level, tertiary experience.
With the importance of scanning in identifying anomalies and concerns, we take a very comprehensive approach in order to successfully guide our care through pregnancy, birth and beyond. This means state of the art, 3D and 4D scanning by a specialist radiographer, which is then reported by specialist radiology and our own fetal medicine specialist, Dr Madhavi Manoharan. Concerns are then evaluated by our full team and care planned accordingly, all in full discussion with you.
Our equipment is some of the very best available and we have multiple 3D/4D ultrasound machines in-house.
Meet the High-Risk Pregnancy Team
If you are in any way concerned you may fall into a high-risk category, or have a family history of higher risk pregnancies or complications, we’d be delighted to meet you, completely without charge, either before conceiving or at any stage, so that we can discuss this with you and so that you are familiar with the team.
Dr Manoharan has 23 years’ experience in obstetrics and gynaecology, including more than a decade at tertiary level, 7 years as consultant at the prestigious Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and a number of years as Assistant Professor at the world-renowned Weil Cornell Medicine, located in their Qatar campus, part of Cornell University, as well as a special interest & accredited advanced training in fetal medicine.
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Team is Important
A successful outcome in a higher-risk pregnancy is a function of the right skills, expertise and experience when you need them most, focused on both Mum and Baby, with seamless communication and coordination between care professionals. Having that whole team in Integra means a true multidisciplinary approach to managing even the most difficult of pregnancies. Dr Joels, Dr Madhavi and Dr Watkin, collectively, have more than 50 years experience at consultant level in caring for Mum & Baby, earned in tertiary centres in the UK. That’s a unique combination devoted to your successful pregnancy.
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Clinic Location & Open Times
The Grand Pavilion Commercial Centre, Hibiscus Way, 802 West Bay Road.
- Monday to Friday: 8.30am first appointment, 4.30pm last appointment
- Saturday: 8.30am first appointment, 12.30pm last appointment