Preexisting Conditions May Significantly Influence Maternal Outcomes

Study results indicate need for pregnant women with medical conditions like lupus to receive care at high-risk facilities

When it comes to preventing poor outcomes in laboring women, hospitals must do a better job of figuring out how much risk they are willing to accept and when to recommend that mothers-to-be seek care at facilities better equipped to handle potentially complicated cases.

That is the implication of a new study that found that preexisting conditions unrelated to pregnancy can greatly increase the likelihood for maternal morbidity and mortality.