Connections: High-risk pregnancy and delivery at OHSU Health | Spring 2021

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All OHSU Health partners have OB-GYNs and/or certified nurse-midwives able to support vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) as an option for women who have had a previous cesarean birth. We have a high success rate: About 80% of the women who try to give birth vaginally after a cesarean with us achieve their goal.

OHSU Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists provide services at all OHSU Health partner locations to allow mothers to stay closer to home and their personal support networks. These specialists work as part of a multidisciplinary team of OB-GYN physicians, certified nurse-midwives, neonatology specialists, anesthesiologists, certified lactation consultants, genetic experts and specialty nurses who collectively provide a spectrum of services for motherstobe.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists in the community

OHSU has the most advanced fetal therapy program between Seattle and San Francisco that combines experts in maternal-fetal medicine with the region’s largest team of children’s specialists.

  • Specialists for adult and pediatric patients in areas such as oncology, cardiology, diabetes, renal disease, high blood pressure and surgery, all in one place
  • Connection to one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals with a Level IV NICU
  • The latest treatments for complex fetal conditions
  • A neonatology care team standing by during all surgical and high-risk deliveries
  • Prenatal genetic counseling for women who have medical illnesses, increased risk for genetic complications or maternal age above 35
  • A Maternal Cardiac Program
  • Advanced obstetric ultrasounds, including:
    • First trimester dating and nuchal translucency measurement
    • Second trimester anatomy survey
    • Third trimester growth scans, doppler and biophysical profile
    • Invasive prenatal diagnosis
  • Fetal MRI
  • Fetal cardiology, including fetal echocardiogram

All OHSU Health locations care for low-risk pregnancies through delivery and postpartum care. At all locations, OHSU Health partners provide:

  • Respect for mother and family preferences
  • Experienced and expert providers and nurses
  • Highly secure units
  • Comfortable private birthing suites with jetted tubs
  • A wide variety of pain management options
  • Wireless fetal monitoring during labor
  • Family-friendly inclusion of the birthing partner
  • Breastfeeding support and education
  • Childbirth and parenting education classes


OHSU Center for Women’s Health
OHSU Kohler Pavilion
808 S.W. Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97239

Hillsboro Medical Center
364 S.E. 8th Ave., Suite 205
Hillsboro, OR 97123


Adventist Health Women’s Clinic
10101 S.E. Main St., Suite 1001
Portland, OR 97216


Pediatric and Neonatal Doernbecher Transport

NICU support for infants

Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) provide treatment for babies who are born early or ill.

  • OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Level IV NICU at Marquam Hill: Highest acute care for newborns
  • OHSU Doernbecher Level II NICU at Hillsboro Medical Center: Advanced care for preterm infants of greater than 32 weeks
  • Adventist Health Portland Level 1 nursery: Care for stabilizing preterm or ill newborns until transfer

Contact us

OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital specialists are always happy to speak with you.

Please call the OHSU Physician Advice and Referral Service at 888-346-0644 for pediatric patients, or 5034944567 for adult patients. To refer a patient, please fax to 503-346-6854.