While the majority of pregnancies are without incident, certain medical conditions may affect the mother and baby. Diabetes in the mother is one of the most common reasons a pregnancy is considered “high risk.” If you have diabetes and are considering having a baby or you’re already pregnant and develop gestational diabetes, the Braden Diabetes Center can help you manage your insulin and medications before, during, and after your pregnancy.
Whether a woman already had diabetes before pregnancy or develops gestational diabetes in her third trimester, she will need specialized monitoring and care from a perinatologist – a doctor who specializes in pregnancy complications. A perinatologist’s goal is to keep the baby from being born prematurely unless the health of the mother or baby are in danger. As part of Marin General Hospital’s special collaboration with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, the Braden Diabetes Center works directly with UCSF perinatologists. This allows Marin moms-to-be with diabetes to get expert oversight and testing close to home. If a pregnant woman develops complications, Marin General Hospital has 24-hour access to UCSF perinatologists. Babies born prematurely are cared for in the hospital’s Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. UCSF neonatologists – doctors who specialize in the care of newborns – are onsite to care for infants who need special medical attention.