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High-Risk Pregnancy


If your pregnancy is considered high risk, Dignity Health’s perinatologists (physicians who specialize in high-risk pregnancies) are available around the clock to care for your baby during and after birth. These doctors work closely with moms to do whatever is possible to ensure a healthy, happy baby.

High-Risk Obstetrics and Prenatal Care in Northern California

Dignity Health's Maternal Fetal Medicine program in Greater Sacramento, consists of a team of physicians who specialize in high-risk obstetrics.

Our specialists care for both mother and fetus in complicated pregnancies, either as the primary caregiver, or in partnership with your primary obstetrics provider. We collaborate with a wide variety of specialists—including neonatologists, pediatric surgeons and pediatric cardiologists—to provide the best possible outcome for you and your baby(s).

Maternal Fetal Medicine Services from Dignity Health

  • High-risk pregnancy and consultation services

  • Invasive and non-invasive diagnostic testing

  • Antenatal Testing Center

  • Fetal Care Center

  • OB ultrasound (basic and comprehensive)

  • Pre-conception counseling

  • 24-hour, in-hospital coverage

  • Diabetic education and support

  • Collaboration with other health care providers

Special Care Nurseries from Dignity Health

Our Special Care Nurseries at Dignity Health's hospitals allows us to provide extra observation and treatment for newborns compromised by illness or underdevelopment. We'll make sure these infants are getting the nourishment they need until they begin to grow at a healthy pace; provide antibiotic therapy, if needed; or supplement their oxygen until they are breathing well on their own.

Neonatal Care Units at Our Sacramento Area Hospitals

More advanced care is also available when needed. Our Sacramento hospitals are equipped with two Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs), located at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael and Methodist Hospital in the south area of Sacramento. These units have the most technologically advanced equipment and specially trained staff to care for infants who are premature or seriously ill. In the event of a premature birth, our neonatologists (physicians who specialize in premature and high risk babies) are ready to care for the tiniest of newborns. Because our NICUs are located throughout the Sacramento area, babies who need specialized care can remain close to home, allowing you and your loved ones to spend more time with your infant.

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Perinatal Care Certification

Mercy San Juan Medical Center was first on the West Coast to receive coveted Perinatal Care Certification. Learn More