By Debbie Hall

Specialty: Maternal Fetal Medicine

Speaking on behalf of HRPC is Laura Gorski, DO, Sub-specialty board certified Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Pregnancy is a time of great hope with the goal of having a healthy baby. Most pregnancy plans go as expected, but sometimes challenges occur and that’s when high-risk obstetricians or Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists prove lifesaving such as those of High Risk Pregnancy Center.

Since 1996, this team of fellowship-trained maternal-fetal medicine physicians has been providing an extra dose of TLC to women with pregnancies complicated by chronic conditions, genetic issues and risk factors such as age and prematurity.

Founded by Dr. Brian Iriye, the practice now boasts seven perinatal doctors, several specialized staff as well as the first practice in Nevada to be certified in first-trimester chromosomal screenings, offer 3D obstetrical ultrasound and accredited in fetal echocardiography.

The Center’s specialists often work with the woman’s obstetrician and sometimes they assume care if the pregnancy is more fragile. Provisions include state-of-the-art diagnostic ultrasonography, genetic counseling, cervical cerclage and diagnostic fetoscopy.

Relating to patients is important and one of the advantages patients enjoy at the High Risk Pregnancy Center are physicians who have themselves faced pregnancy complications like Dr. Laura Gorski. Dr. Gorski is not only one of the center’s distinguished fellowship-trained specialists, but a mother of four, including twins.

Why did you choose your specialty?
I chose Maternal Fetal Medicine because it is an exciting, evolving and rewarding field. I want to make a difference in women’s lives and healthy babies are our future.

What advantages do you see in having done your medical training in osteopathic medicine?
The holistic approach of osteopathic medicine has taught me to view my patients as a whole, including mind and body and how they are integrated together as one.

What is the most important aspect of patient care to you?
Educating patients and getting the patient involved in their care is key. Communication is also critical to good patient care.

How does your gender help your relationships with your patients?
I have had three pregnancies, two of which were high-risk. I had twins early due to HELLP Syndrome/Preeclampsia and also delivered my first pregnancy early due to HELLP Syndrome/Preeclampsia. They all spent time in the NICU. I can relate to my patients because I understand what it means to have a complicated pregnancy and not take your baby home from the hospital. I try to alleviate their fears and help to better prepare them for what lies ahead.

What unique skills or expertise do you bring to your practice?
I do a procedure called CVS or Chorionic Villus Sampling that only a few physicians in Nevada are trained to do. The procedure provides the patient with genetic information about their pregnancy. Patients may do this procedure if they are advanced maternal age, have abnormal screening for a chromosome abnormality, or have an abnormal ultrasound. The testing is done at 11 to 14 weeks pregnant—earlier than an amniocentesis—to provide information to the patient as early as possible.

What do you like most about your team at High Risk Pregnancy Center?
We use a team approach when managing patients. This includes genetic counselors, sonographers, diabetic nurses and seven MFM specialists. We all have similar practice patterns and work extremely well together. We also respect and support each other.

How do you want to be remembered?
As a physician who played a role in helping my patients achieve healthy pregnancies and babies. As a mother who provided support, encouragement and unconditional love to my children.

Office contact information High Risk Pregnancy Center
2011 Pinto Ln #200, Las Vegas, NV 89106

(702) 382-3200