Even very healthy women sometimes have medical problems when they’re trying to conceive, during their pregnancy or after their baby is born. Newborn babies occasionally need medical help, too.
At Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville, we understand how stressful it can be to worry about your health or that of your baby. If you or your baby need medical treatment, we’re ready to help. Our experienced medical teams offer the most updated diagnostic tools and treatment options — along with all the reassurance you need.
Newborn health conditions that may require special care include:
- Prematurity: About 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely (before the 37th week of pregnancy). Premature babies may require extra attention soon after birth.
- Neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS): RDS is a serious but often treatable breathing condition that commonly affects premature babies. These babies have lungs that aren’t fully developed.
- Cleft lip/cleft palate: An ultrasound test during pregnancy can often reveal whether a baby is developing these openings in his or her upper lip or the roof of the mouth.
- Cystic fibrosis: This disease, which often runs in families, causes a baby’s glands to create large amounts of mucus and sweat. fibrosis.
- Ectopic pregnancy: When a baby begins developing outside the mother’s uterus — in a fallopian tube, for instance — the condition is called an ectopic pregnancy.
- Gestational diabetes: Non-diabetic women may develop this condition during pregnancy.
- Group B strep: This common bacterium can make a baby seriously ill if a mother unknowingly passes it to her child during labor.
- Infertility: This condition, which can be an issue for either a woman or her partner, is diagnosed when the couple isn’t able to get pregnant within a year of trying.
- Miscarriage: When a woman’s pregnancy ends on its own, before the baby is born, the condition is called miscarriage.
- Postpartum depression (PPD): Also called the “baby blues,” PPD can range from mild to severe depression in a mother after her baby is born.
- Pre-eclampsia/eclampsia: This pair of related conditions is also called toxemia or pregnancy-induced hypertension (high blood pressure).