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If you're pregnant, you may get free Lyft rides to prenatal visits at UC Davis hospital

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Pregnant women in need of specialized prenatal care can now get free round-trip rides via Lyft to the UC Davis Children's Hospital, according to an announcement Tuesday.

The pilot program is for women whose babies are suspected of having or have been diagnosed with a birth defect. Women can use this service to get a ride to their appointment for fetal echocardiography, fetal surgery, genetic counseling or maternal-fetal medicine.

“For some patients, the burden of having to travel for specialized prenatal care often means the care is sacrificed," said Dr. Shinjiro Hirose in the release, director of the UC Davis Fetal Care and Treatment Center. “The goal of this pilot is to provide timely access to specialized prenatal care for this high-risk patient population, thereby giving their children the greatest opportunities for quality of life.”

Prenatal care involves ultrasounds and blood tests to monitor a baby's development and check for genetic conditions. If undetected and untreated, congenital birth defects can lead to disability or infant death, according to the World Health Organization. The one-year month transportation program is funded with a $59,000 grant from Children's Miracle Network.

Women can request the service from their clinic or physician prior to their appointment, said Tricia Tomiyoshi, spokeswoman for the UC Davis Children's Hospital. A coordinator will schedule the patient's trip.

"It's all arranged and the patient doesn't need to worry," she said.

Lyft services the Sacramento and Lake Tahoe region, and there is no distance limit to utilize the pilot program, Tomiyoshi said.

This 12-month transportation program is funded with a $59,000 grant from Children's Miracle Network.

Prenatal care involves ultrasounds and blood tests to monitor a baby's development and check for genetic conditions. If undetected and untreated, congenital birth defects can lead to disability or infant death, according to the World Health Organization.

Molly Sullivan: 916-321-1176, @SullivanMollyM

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