We care for the highest risk of pregnancies, provide specialized equipment and high-risk transportation. Regional Perinatal Centers provide a statewide system of high-risk maternal and infant care.
The Tennessee High Risk Perinatal Program (Tennessee Perinatal Care system) was established in 1974 as a High Risk Newborn Program by T.C.A. 68-1-801/804. It was expanded in 1977 to include high-risk obstetrics. The program focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of certain life-threatening conditions of pregnant women, fetuses and neonates.
The Perinatal Regionalization System includes five designated perinatal centers which have implemented and individualized programs that address consultation, patient referral, communication, provision of specialized equipment, high-risk transport, in-service/outreach education for caregivers and site visits to local hospitals. The University of Tennessee Medical Center is one of these state-designated Perinatal Centers. Funding for this program has been appropriated through the State Legislature yearly since July of 1976.