A Newsweek Best Maternity Care Hospital

Pregnant mom in the hospitalUC Davis Medical Center is one of Newsweek’s Best Maternity Care Hospitals in 2020, according to rankings released in July. Its maternity care program was ranked among the best in the U.S. as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national health care watchdog organization. The Leapfrog Group uses data voluntarily submitted by health care facilities to the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey and Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey.

New opioid use disorder clinic opened

As the first and only clinic of its kind in Sacramento, our new opioid use disorder clinic provides a specialized multidisciplinary team approach including perinatal psychiatrists, neonatologists, obstetrics and newborn nurses, gynecologists and social workers to help pregnant mothers struggling with addiction. The clinic helps patients manage their medications, provides seamless transition postpartum to our family and internal medicine clinics, and partners with community clinics to ensure care continues after delivery.

New Prenatal Diagnostic Center clinics

As a continued effort to reduce the risk of high-risk pregnancies in inland Northern California, UC Davis Health added two new Prenatal Diagnostic Center (PDC) clinics in the Sacramento and Stockton communities. The centers, run by board-certified perinatologists, provide expecting mothers convenient access to comprehensive counseling, genetic screening and diagnostic testing for fetal anomalies.

First in California to treat patients with postpartum depression drug

In 2019, UC Davis Health became the first and only hospital in California to offer Zulresso (brexanolone), a new medication to treat mothers with postpartum depression. Developed by UC Davis neurologist Michael Rogawski, the intravenous drug rapidly brings insomnia, appetite loss and mood swings to remission. Zulresso was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and currently only three other states offer this type of treatment. Patients who have received the 60-hour infusion at UC Davis Health have reported a dramatic improvement in their postpartum depression symptoms.