Monique Smith, age 34, knew her third pregnancy could be different from her other two. She was considered high-risk because her recent high blood pressure diagnosis could lead to complications such as placenta abruption or pre-eclampsia. Monique was immediately matched with a nationally-recognized perinatologist at The Ohio State University Medical Center who uniquely specialized in high-risk pregnancies with hypertension, and could provide the highest level of insight and Maternal Fetal Medicine care. Ohio State’s nationally-respected team of physicians offers global expertise in high-risk pregnancies. With the help of her doctor, Monique managed her high blood pressure by taking medications and monitoring it regularly.
Unexpectedly, though, 24 weeks into her pregnancy Monique began to have contractions. Two days later, she was admitted to the OSU Maternity Center.
Monique and Tremayne Smith welcomed their baby girl, Macaiah, into the world on October 21, 2009. Born almost four months early, Macaiah was only 1 pound 5 ounces and required special care from Ohio State’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – the highest level NICU. Initially, Macaiah needed a ventilator and continuous positive airway pressure (C-PAP) to help her breathe. Macaiah stayed in the NICU for two and a half months. When she transferred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for three weeks to receive additional special care, she was able to breathe on her own. When she was ready to go home, she did not require any special monitoring or medications. Today, Macaiah is happy and healthy.
The maternal fetal medicine program at Ohio State is dedicated to the total care of mothers and babies, fulfilling both physical and emotional needs. Macaiah’s parents are thankful the nurses and staff at the OSU Maternity Center provided regular updates about important changes – small and large – about Macaiah and her care. Several nurses were by Macaiah’s side from the night she was born until the night she left. They are grateful for those who made the small moments – like holding Macaiah for the first time – very special.
For questions or to schedule an appointment with Ohio State's Maternal Fetal Medicine call 614-293-2222.