Advanced care for high-risk pregnancies in Northern Virginia

At Reston Hospital Center, we are setting new standards of high-risk pregnancy care. The maternal-fetal medicine doctors (also called perinatologists) successfully manage the most complicated pregnancies and births in Reston and the surrounding communities.

For more information about our high-risk pregnancy services, please call our Birth Navigator at (703) 639-9538.

Whether you need preconception counseling to discuss your risk factors or have a known medical condition that requires careful monitoring during pregnancy, our perinatologists will provide comprehensive, compassionate care for you and your baby.

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Reston Hospital Center's birthing center is nationally recognized for our high-quality care. For four consecutive years, we have received Excellence Awards in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Labor and Delivery from Healthgrades.

This recognition means we are among the top 5 percent of maternity hospitals evaluated for exceptional care and clinical outcomes during childbirth.

Families choose Reston Hospital for our high-risk pregnancy care because of our:

  • Leading specialists: The fellowship-trained maternal-fetal medicine doctors work closely with a team that includes your regular OB/GYN, genetic counselors, experienced nurse practitioners and other professionals. Together, we will help ensure the best possible outcomes for you and your baby.
  • Thorough medical monitoring: Using the latest technology, we keep a close eye on your health and your baby's growth and development. We offer procedures to help prevent preterm labor and manage antepartum care for women who need to be hospitalized during pregnancy.
  • On-site neonatal intensive care: Our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides life-saving care for the tiniest and most critically ill infants and offers a neonatologist on-site 24/7. Our NICU features neonatologists from Children's National Hospital, the nation’s leader in neonatology according to U.S. News and World Report. The clinical expertise of Children’s National, paired with the quality and convenience of Reston Hospital Center, means a higher level of care due to premature birth, labor complications or birth defects.
  • Antepartum care to help prepare and monitor patients that are hospitalized before delivery: Our 4-bed antepartum unit is designed for patient comfort, whether the stay with us is for a few days, a few weeks or even a few months of pregnancy. Each room features home-like amenities including more comfortable mattresses, mini refrigerators and space for visitors, along with state-of-the-art equipment and access to top medical care when necessary.

What makes a pregnancy high risk?

Your pregnancy is deemed high risk if a condition gives you and/or your baby a greater-than-normal chance of complications. These complications could occur during pregnancy, during labor and delivery or after birth.

We provide maternal-fetal care for many high-risk pregnancy conditions and situations, including:

  • Carrying twins, triplets or other multiples
  • Pre-existing medical conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, asthma, heart disease, epilepsy, lupus and HIV
  • Medical problems that develop during pregnancy, including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and preterm labor
  • History of miscarriage or other pregnancy complications
  • Substance use during pregnancy
  • Placenta problems, including placenta previa, placenta accreta or placental abruption
  • Fetal growth or development problems
  • Personal or family history of genetic conditions or abnormalities

Expert perinatology services

Reston Hospital's maternal-fetal specialists provide a broad range of high-risk pregnancy services, including:

  • Preconception counseling: This service is available to individuals or couples who have concerns about having a healthy pregnancy or baby. We can counsel you on risk factors, such as advanced age, pre-existing medical conditions and a family history of genetic conditions.
  • Genetic testing and counseling: If you choose to have genetic testing completed, we will thoroughly explain the results and any potential risks there may be to your unborn baby. We will also explain the benefits and risks of prenatal screening tests.
  • Fetal diagnostic procedures: We offer tests to screen for genetic abnormalities or inherited conditions. These include amniocentesis, nuchal translucency screening and chorionic villus sampling.
  • Prenatal ultrasounds: We will closely monitor your baby's growth and development throughout your prenatal care using the latest ultrasound imaging procedures.
  • Hospital antepartum care: If you need to be hospitalized during your pregnancy, we will do everything we can to make your stay as comfortable as possible for as long as we need to monitor your and your baby's health.
  • Delivery planning: Your doctor will work closely with our birth center team and NICU to help ensure a smooth, safe labor and delivery—and to prepare for any medical care you or your baby may need immediately after birth.
  • Personalized birth planning: Our birth center nurse navigator will help you every step of the way. To contact the nurse navigator, please call (703) 639-9538 or email