MaternalFetal & Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Services

The Maternal Fetal Center partners with you.

We come alongside you to provide your patients with individualized care designed to meet their distinct needs – from preconception to post-delivery. 

Patients receive a coordinated delivery of multidisciplinary healthcare services from uniquely qualified medical professionals who manage the most complex cases with consistently positive outcomes.

The  maternal-fetal medicine specialists at the Maternal Fetal Center are trained to provide focused treatment and procedures to minimize a mother’s and her unborn baby’s medical complications during pregnancy. The experienced team includes Dr. Beni Adeniji, Dr. Cheryl Albuquerque, Dr. Sanmaan Basraon, Dr. Elizabeth Platz and Dr. Robert Sigman. Together they provide 24/7 care to patients of the Maternal Fetal Center.

The Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Valley Children’s Hospital provides 24-hour coverage by board-certified neonatologists, with consultations from medical and surgical subspecialists. Our Level IV NICU and satellite facilities combined provide specialized care for more than 1,500 fragile babies and more than 22,500 patient days a year.

Our outcomes with neonates under 1,500 grams are consistently better than comparable centers in the state.

Valley Children’s Hospital offers Level IV neonatal intensive care – the highest level of care available for neonates between Los Angeles and the Bay Area. 

We also own and operate a network of satellite NICUs in regional hospitals, providing opportunities for families with critically ill babies to receive treatment closer to home.

Satellite NICUs

Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno – eight-bed community Level III and six-bed Level II NICU

Mercy Medical Center Merced – eight-bed Level II NICU

Central Valley General Hospital, Hanford – four-bed Level II NICU

Valley Children’s provides resuscitation teams made up of extended-practice trained registered nurses and respiratory care practitioners who attend all high-risk deliveries. Neonates are stabilized onsite and either prepared for critical transport via our medical transport team to Valley Children’s Hospital or managed by our subspecialists within the satellite. Depending on their clinical status, many infants remain in the satellite for the duration of their inpatient stay, receiving high-quality patient care at their mother’s birthing center. Critical patients transported to our Level IV NICU at birth may return to a satellite as their health improves for continuing care closer to home.

No other program in Central California can provide you with such a comprehensive plan of care for both maternal-fetal and neonate implications.

High-Risk Pregnancy Management

  • Air and ground emergency transports of high-risk pregnancies when needed*
  • Congenital anomalies
  • Inpatient care of high-risk pregnancies when needed*
  • Intrauterine procedures*
  • Mother’s pre-existing health conditions (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.)
  • Multiple births
  • Preterm labor
  • Prior pregnancy loss
  • Specialty consultations in advance
  • Surgical care upon delivery

*Maternal hospitalization and antepartum procedures performed at Saint Agnes Medical Center.


  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • History of congenital anomalies
  • Multiple births
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Preterm labor
  • Prior pregnancy loss


  • Anemia
  • Congenital heart disease and heart rhythm
  • Congenital infections
  • Fetal abdominal masses/bowel obstruction
  • Gastroschisis
  • Genetic conditions
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Spina bifida and other spinal anomalies
  • Urological congenital abnormalities


  • Air and ground emergency transports
  • Birth apnea
  • Cardiac anomalies
  • Cardiovascular support
  • Chronic lung
  • Complex acquired abnormalities
  • Complex congenital abnormalities
  • Developmental and behavioral program
  • Diaphragmatic hernias
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Genetic disorders and malformation
  • Genetic testing
  • Heart disorders
  • Hematologic diseases
  • High-Risk Infant Follow-up program
  • High-risk medical conditions
  • Hyperbilirubinemia
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Kidney disorders
  • Liver disorders
  • Neurological/neurosurgical conditions
  • Nitric oxide therapy
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Prematurity
  • Primary metabolic defects
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Respiratory failure
  • Sepsis or infections
  • Surgical conditions
  • Ventilator support

Experts at managing high-risk pregnancies, complicated deliveries and medically fragile infants, our maternal-fetal medicine specialists, together with neonatologists, pediatric surgeons, and other pediatric specialists at Valley Children’s, offer a complete continuum of care. 

We bring the best of maternal-fetal, neonatal and pediatric medicine together in one place.