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High Risk Pregnancy



The High Risk Pregnancy Network is an online professional learning community enhancing knowledge on evidence-based practices in the identification of conditions that may result in a high-risk pregnancy and postpartum considerations. This network provides participants with an opportunity to be part of an online networking community promoting awareness through a brief topic presentation by experts in the field, followed by case study and review.

A high-risk pregnancy is one that threatens the health or life of the mother or her fetus(es). Pregnancies can be high-risk either due to pre-existing maternal conditions (e.g., diabetes or hypertension) or issues that arise during the pregnancy (such as cholestasis or preeclampsia). Previous pregnancy outcomes, including preterm birth or recurrent miscarriage, can also cause a pregnancy to be deemed "high-risk." Finally, fetal diagnoses such as a structural malformation or growth restriction, also require specialized care to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Network participants include physicians, midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and obstetric nurses.

  • Enhance Wyoming providers' knowledge with evidence-based guidelines and tools related to the early identification of high-risk concerns in pregnancy.

  • Decrease maternal/fetal complications from high risk pregnancies

  • Enhancing clinical comfort level in retaining patient's within their region or home communities

  • Early identification and communication with patients requiring transport to other levels of care, including identification of social/support needs

  • Network and community building of local care team and OB and Neonatal specialists

  • For patients identified as having a high-risk pregnancy – improve patient education and increasing shared decision making


Sessions are on Tuesdays, bi-weekly,
12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. MT
via Zoom video conferencing technology.

Instructions for joining Zoom are available. Zoom also provides access for users with physical disabilities, blindness, and low vision through a range of keyboard shortcuts.

Past Sessions: High Risk Pregnancy Session Topics: Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

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Learning Topics (Spring 2021)

*Registrants will receive session handouts and materials prior to the scheduled meeting time.*

January 12: Eating for Two: Pearls and Pitfalls in Obesity and Nutrition in Pregnancy

The session will review nutrition needs during pregnancy and discuss the epidemiology, risks, and antepartum and peripartum management of obesity in pregnancy.

Presenter: Lauren Sayres, MD, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow, University of Colorado

January 26: Informed Decision Making and Educational Models of Care in High-Risk Pregnancy

This session will focus on best practices when communicating with mothers or families identified as having a high-risk pregnancy. The session will also include ways to increase shared decision making and improve patient education.

Presenter: Bonita Katz, BA, RN, ICCE, ICBD, IAT, Hearthstone Wyoming

February 9: Prevention of Preterm Birth

This session will focus on the interventions available for prevention of preterm birth. We will review the limitations and clinical applications of progesterone supplementation in pregnancy as well as for cervical cerclage placement with an emphasis on the state of current data and literature on these topics.

Presenter: Dr. Odessa Hamidi, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow, CU Anschutz

February 23: Thrombophilia and Pregnancy

This session will discuss how to identify which patients to screen for thrombophilia during pregnancy, as well as complications and treatment options for women with thrombophilia during pregnancy and postpartum. This session will also talk about additional resources and future programming on maternal-fetal child health in the state of Wyoming.

Presenters: Kiersten Williams, MD, OBH Presbyterian/St. Luke's Hospital, Denver, CO

Bronwen Kahn, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Obstetrix, Denver, CO

Dr. James Bush, Medicaid Medical Director, Wyoming Department of Health

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