While the majority of pregnancies are uneventful, some have associated medical conditions that may affect the mother and fetus. In the past, Marin women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy would routinely choose to give birth at UCSF in San Francisco, which is renowned for its high-risk birth expertise. We thought the traffic and the travel time just added another complication to a complicated pregnancy, and we wanted to give our patients the specialty care they needed, right here in Marin. To meet that need, we formed a special partnership with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
Sometimes, we know a pregnancy is high-risk because of issues such as gestational diabetes, cervical insufficiency, preterm labor, or other complications related to maternal health. Cases like these require consultation with a perinatologist, a maternal-fetal specialist whose goal is to keep the baby from being born prematurely, unless the health of the mother and baby are at stake. For high-risk pregnancies, our obstetricians work closely with UCSF perinatologists who are onsite 24/7 in order to assure the best possible care for our high-risk patients. Dividing their time between UCSF and Marin General Hospital, these experts monitor mother and baby throughout the high-risk pregnancy.
As part of our UCSF partnership, we also have access to UCSF neonatologists, pediatricians who specialize in the care of premature or medically fragile newborns. These physicians are also on call and provide onsite treatment in our Level II NICU, located on the Fourth Floor, Central Wing. Our NICU, the only one in Marin County, is fully equipped to care for infants needing extra medical attention.
When Rebecca Hermanski was expecting her first child, some of his blood was naturally transferred to his mother, as often happens during pregnancy. The baby had inherited a rare red blood cell protein called E Antigen, from his dad. Because Rebecca’s red blood cells lack this protein, her body’s natural response was to produce Anti E antibodies. For this reason, Rebecca’s second pregnancy was considered high-risk. With a little help from UCSF, we took great care of her, right here in Marin. Watch the video, below, or read Rebecca's story to learn more.