2021 SOAP Center of Excellence Award Winner

The Obstetric Anesthesiology Service provides anesthesia and analgesia services for women with both high- and low-risk pregnancies at UC Davis Medical Center. Our obstetric anesthesiology call team provides care 24 hours a day in a busy and growing obstetric center.

In 2021 our team joined a very small list of recipients as we were awarded the SOAP Center of Excellence in recognition of the outstanding care we provide and our commitment to the high standards we set.

Between 2019-20, approximately 1600 deliveries were conducted at UC Davis Medical Center. Additionally, anesthesia is performed for a variety of procedures in the obstetric population, both related to and not related to pregnancy. We perform high risk cesarean sections for issues such as morbidly adherent placenta, and complex procedures including en utero fetal surgeries.

The Obstetric Anesthesiology Service works in conjunction with the Obstetrics and Family Practice Services, and provides anesthesia and analgesia for women who are pregnant or who have recently delivered. Women with high-risk pregnancies may be seen by the Obstetric Anesthesiology Service many days or weeks prior to expected delivery to allow for the formulation of the safest and most effective plan for labor and delivery. We work together with our Maternal and Fetal Medicine colleagues to ensure the best care for both mother and bay.

Other women are seen only upon admission to UC Davis Medical Center for childbirth, and may or may not chose not to receive anesthesia. We work with expectant mothers to provide information about their pain relief and anesthetic choices so they may choose the best option for them.

The Obstetric Anesthesiology Service is available at all times for any woman who desires or requires obstetric anesthesia or analgesia, be it a labor epidural or anesthesia for a cesarean section. Our top priority is providing safe and effective care to ensure healthy moms and babies.

Obstetric Anesthesiology Team

Maria Cristina Gutierrez, M.D.

Cristina Chandler, M.D.

Amy Chen, M.D.

Julie Fowler, M.D.

Brian Jones, M.D.

Maria McCrackin, M.D.

Nina Schloemerkemper, M.D., F.R.C.A.

Tim Tautz, M.D.