About Hematology Disease and Pregnancy

BIDMC OBGYN specialist meeting with patientPatients with hematologic (blood) conditions, including inherited and acquired blood disorders, can face unique challenges during pregnancy and delivery. Our multidisciplinary team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists, hematologists, anesthesiologists, nurses and social workers provide preconception consultations, as well as advanced prenatal, delivery and postpartum care.

Pregnancy increases the risk of clotting and delivery can increase risks of hemorrhage in patients with coagulation disorders. Iron and folate needs also change during pregnancy, which can complicate anemia and other blood disorders.

Pre-existing blood conditions may include:

  • Bleeding and coagulation disorders
    • Hemophilia A, B and C
    • Von Willebrand disease
    • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)
    • Other factor deficiencies and platelet disorders
  • Clotting disorders
    • Factor V Leiden
    • Prothrombin gene mutation
    • Protein C and S deficiencies
    • Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
    • Antithrombin III deficiency
  • Anemia
    • Hemoglobinopathies like sickle cell disease or thalassemias
    • Iron deficiency anemia
    • Bone marrow disorders including aplastic anemia
  • Alloimmunization
    • Fetal and Neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (NAIT)

Whenever possible, we encourage patients with blood conditions to begin planning with your medical team before conception to put the steps in place to ensure a healthy pregnancy. Our team of experts collaborate with other specialists to carefully evaluate and treat the needs of you and your baby.

Our Specialty Care Team

All of our Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists are experts in taking care of patients with complicated medical conditions before and during pregnancy. Together with our multidisciplinary clinic partners, we can help coordinate care with your primary obstetrician to provide the highest level of care for you and your baby.

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