Pregnancy | UC Davis Health


Experts in our nationally ranked hospital give you and your baby the best possible start. From prenatal care through labor, delivery and beyond, we guide you through every step of this incredible journey.

Medically reviewed on Oct. 11, 2023.

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Advanced Care for Every Pregnancy

At UC Davis Health, our Birth Center gives you access to the Sacramento region’s leading obstetricians and volunteer doulas. Our depth of expertise means we can deliver care for high-risk pregnancies, complex congenital abnormalities and any unexpected complications that may arise. The safety and health of you and your baby are our top priorities.

Our Difference

National Recognition

We are ranked No. 44 out of more than 4,500 hospitals in the nation for obstetrics and gynecology, according to U.S. News & World Report. In addition, we are recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care by the BlueCross BlueShield Association.

Expertise in Complex Conditions

UC Davis Children’s Hospital is the Sacramento area’s only hospital providing on-site fetal surgeries (procedures performed on unborn babies in the womb). We are also a level 4 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Multispecialty Care

Our OB-GYNs work alongside maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists (newborn specialists), genetic counselors, anesthesiologists and other providers to ensure you receive complete care under one roof.


What Is Pregnancy Care?

Pregnancy care encompasses a wide range of services that help you and your baby stay healthy during and after pregnancy. From prenatal testing to postpartum care, we’re here to help you have a safe and rewarding experience.

Our Maternity Services Include:

Prenatal Testing and Screening

Prenatal testing and screening are preventive services for you and your baby. Regular tests, such as ultrasounds and bloodwork, can help us identify and treat problems before they cause pregnancy complications. Prenatal care also includes pregnancy health and nutrition. We help you choose the right foods, vitamins and supplements for your needs.

Birth Planning

No two pregnancies are alike, and your birth plan will be as unique as you are. Our birth planning services help you understand your options for childbirth. We offer different kinds of pain management, support for natural childbirth, gentle C-sections and more.

Labor and Delivery

At UC Davis Health, our obstetrical team is prepared to guide you through every step of labor and delivery. Whether you have a special procedure like a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) or an unexpected complication, we are available 24/7. You’ll also enjoy a private birthing suite with all the comforts of home.

Postpartum Care

We provide the medical and emotional care you and your baby need after childbirth. From personalized breastfeeding support to enhanced recovery after delivery, we want you to feel comfortable taking your new arrival home.

Our Specialty Areas

UC Davis Health is recognized throughout the Sacramento region and the nation for our expertise in maternal and fetal health. We are home to top obstetricians and maternal-fetal medicine specialists. Our level of expertise makes us uniquely qualified to care for even the most complex pregnancy conditions.

Our specialty areas include:

High-Risk Pregnancies

A high-risk pregnancy can be the result of age, health conditions, multiple births or other causes. If you have a complicated pregnancy, you receive seamlessly coordinated care from a multispecialty team, all under one roof. 

Learn more about our maternal-fetal medicine program
Fetal Care and Treatment Center

Some fetal conditions require us to do tests or procedures on an unborn baby still developing in the womb. Ours is the only comprehensive program in the region offering on-site fetal surgeries. Our uncommon expertise in this specialty gives your baby a better chance for a successful outcome.

Read about our Fetal Care and Treatment Center
Level 4 UC Davis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Our children’s hospital offers a level 4 NICU. Level 4 NICUs deliver the highest level of care, reserved for the most critically ill newborns. Our NICU features specialized equipment for ventilation, stabilization and life support. Your baby receives 24/7 care from a skilled team.

Learn about our NICU
Pregnancy Loss Support

A miscarriage or other type of pregnancy loss can be devastating. We offer the medical expertise and emotional support you need to heal and reduce your risk of future complications.

Explore our Early Pregnancy and Miscarriage Center

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Ranked among the nation’s best hospitals

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Ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals

A U.S. News & World Report best children’s hospital in diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology, and orthopedics*. (*Together with Shriners Children’s)

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Ranked Sacramento’s #1 hospital

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The nation’s highest nursing honor

UC Davis Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition, the nation’s highest honor for nursing excellence.

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For the 13th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader by the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization.

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