Perinatal Medicine

Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
354 Santa Fe Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024 US
    Visiting Hours
    • 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Visiting hours may be adjusted based on the patient's needs or wishes.
    Emergency Services
    • The ER is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    • Parking is free. Valet parking is $5.
    • Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    • 858-964-1012

Special Care for High Risk Pregnancies

A perinatologist, also known as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, is a physician that specializes in high risk pregnancies. Some pre-existing conditions may increase the possibility for complications during your pregnancy and delivery. Perinatologists work with your obstetricians and the labor and delivery staff to coordinate the safest and healthiest birth for you and your baby.

A pregnancy may be considered high risk for several reasons including:

You may also be considered as a high risk pregnancy if your prenatal tests have revealed any fetal anomalies, suspected birth defects or if it is a multiple birth. Our perinatologists work closely with our neonatologists to ensure that both you and your baby have a safe delivery and the proper care for a lifetime of good health.

Gestational diabetes care

During pregnancy, some women develop a temporary form of diabetes called gestational diabetes. This condition is caused by pregnancy hormones interfering with the insulin in your blood, causing higher blood sugar levels.

You may be at risk for gestational diabetes if:

  • You are over 35
  • You have a family history of diabetes
  • You were overweight before pregnancy
  • You have high blood pressure (also known as hypertension)

Proper management of gestational diabetes can prevent complications during pregnancy and delivery. The nationally-recognized Whittier Institute for Diabetes offers special programs for women who have pre-existing diabetes (before becoming pregnant), or who develop gestational diabetes. One-on-one appointments help you manage your blood sugar during pregnancy. The Whittier staff will with obstetricians, advanced practice nurses, perinatologists, nutritionists and neonatologist to ensure a safe delivery.