Q: I've just conceived my baby through IVF. Does this make my pregnancy high risk, and will I need to see a perinatologist?
A: A pregnancy achieved through assisted reproductive technology, which includes in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI), is not necessarily considered high risk. Yet a woman who conceives via either technique may have one or more pre-existing conditions, such as "advanced maternal age" or a history of miscarriage, that make it appropriate for her to see a perinatologist--a physician who specializes in the treatment of a mother and her fetus when either is at risk for complications. Multiple pregnancies, which are a not uncommon result of IVF, also require care by a specialist.
An obstetrician will often successfully manage an IVF pregnancy, but if specialized medical attention is necessary, your doctor will call in a perinatologist for evaluation and treatment.