• Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Our Services

UBCP Maternal-Fetal Medicine provides a full spectrum of advanced services for complex maternal-fetal medicine conditions including:  antepartum testing, prenatal diagnosis and ultrasound, genetic counseling, gestational diabetes, and management of high-risk pregnancy.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Services

  • Consultations – When pregnancy is complicated by additional or complex concurrent medical conditions, generalist obstetrical physicians rely upon our maternal-fetal medicine specialists to provide guidance for a prescribed plan for prenatal care.

    • Pregnancy Management and Co-management (in concert with your generalist OB provider) – Depending on the complexity of care dictated by a high-risk pregnancy, some patients may continue ongoing simultaneous care with their generalist obstetrician along with our maternal-fetal medicine specialists, while others require the focused and dedicated management solely provided by our maternal-fetal medicine specialists.

    • Diabetes in Pregnancy – As a Sweet Success provider, follows guidelines established by the State of California in the field of diabetes in pregnancy. We provide comprehensive care with our integrated team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, dietitians, diabetes educators and licensed counselors, specifically trained to work with this challenging high-risk condition. Diabetes in pregnancy, whether gestational or pre-gestational, maybe co-managed with a generalist obstetrician or may require exclusive high-risk management.

    • Inpatient Consultations – Our team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists is available seven days a week at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, for consultation and evaluation of any patient designated by their generalist obstetrician as having a complicated or high-risk pregnancy.

  • High-risk Hospital and Delivery Services

    • Perinatal OBs in-hospital at all times
      A rotating staff of physicians is at our delivery hospital at all times, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so that our patients’ needs are attended to at any time.

    • Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists available on-call at all times
      The complex needs of our high-risk patient population are highly dynamic and require ongoing evaluation and intervention. Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists are in house daily, and available either by phone or on-call as needed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Maternal Transports
    Our practice supports the complex pregnancy cases that arise for many local and outlying communities. If a patient’s condition, whether maternal or fetal, cannot be managed safely by their local in-patient facility, transport to our delivery hospital and the UBCP Maternal-Fetal Medicine group’s care may become necessary.

Prenatal Diagnosis Services

Ultrasound the painless use of sound waves to create detailed moving pictures of your baby in real-time, allowing our sonographers to evaluate fetal growth and to detect fetal malformations.

Amniocentesis– the removal (under ultrasound guidance) of a small amount of fluid surrounding the baby, which can be used to detect chromosomal problems, open neural tube defects and other inherited conditions, and to determine fetal lung maturity.

Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) – the removal (under ultrasound guidance) of a small amount of placental tissue, either transabdominally or transvaginally, to test for chromosomal problems or genetic disorders.

Genetic Counseling – An approximately one-hour appointment with a genetic counselor or geneticist to discuss prenatal diagnostic choices, and/or individual risks of genetic problems.

First-trimester screening – involves a fetal ultrasound combined with a blood test to indicate if your pregnancy is at a higher chance for Down syndrome or Trisomy 18. Instant preliminary risk assessment is available when the blood test is done one week prior to the ultrasound

Second-trimester serum screening (for those missing the first-trimester testing) – a blood test which measures four fetal chemical markers and screens for Down syndrome, Trisomy 18, open neural tube defects, and other abnormalities.

California integrated screening – involves an ultrasound and a blood test in the first trimester (instant preliminary risk assessment is available when the blood test is done one week prior to the ultrasound), followed by a blood test in the second trimester, to assess your risk for Down syndrome, Trisomy 18, open neural tube defects, and other less common abnormalities.

Diabetes In Pregnancy Services


Sweet Success Diabetes in Pregnancy Program

Sweet Success is a program established by the State of California that provides a multidisciplinary approach to managing a pregnant diabetic, including diet control, medication management, and education of the patient regarding the complications and nutritional management of this disorder.

We bring an integrated team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists, obstetricians, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, dietitians, diabetes educators, and licensed counselors, all specially trained to care for and improve pregnancy outcomes for women who have pregestational and gestational diabetes.

If needed, your OB/GYN can refer you to our Sweet Success program.

Learn more about the Sweet Success Program

Consultations – Obstetricians may refer their patients with pregestational or gestational diabetes to UBCP MFM for consultation and recommendation for a specialized plan of care.

Pregnancy Management and Co-management (in concert with your OB provider) – Many patients diagnosed with gestational diabetes can be co-managed by their primary obstetrician in conjunction with our maternal-fetal medicine specialists and our dedicated Sweet Success team of providers.