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Resources & Support

At UCSF Health, we are renowned for our highly specialized and cutting-edge medical care. Along with innovative medicine, we strive to provide a variety of services to ensure that patients and families are fully supported while in our care. UCSF has a team of experienced social workers and condition-specific support groups as well as classes to help patients and families navigate their experiences while in our clinics and hospitals.

Our support services also include unique programs to help heal the mind and spirit, such as Art for Recovery, Healing Through Dance and complimentary spa treatments during infusion therapy. During an unfamiliar and stressful time, UCSF’s support services are ready to lend a hand whenever patients and families need it most.

Patient stories

At 19 weeks, they did a laser procedure to separate the connections…At 35 weeks, I had two beautiful, healthy babies.

Meghann Bauer

At 15 weeks pregnant with twin boys, Meghann Bauer was devastated to learn that the babies' lives were at risk. She was diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, a circulation imbalance that can occur when twins share the same placenta, in which one twin receives too much blood and the other too little. Bauer's doctor reassured her that there were treatments available and that the best place to go was UCSF.

Read more about Meghann Bauer's story

Elianna's story

Dr. Tippi MacKenzie is stopping disease before it starts – in the womb. In a first-of-its-kind clinical trial, she transplanted stem cells from expectant mothers to their own fetuses to treat alpha thalassemia major (ATM), a potentially lethal disorder that can lead to progressive anemia and heart failure before birth.

The first patient enrolled in the clinical trial was born in February 2018. Her name is Elianna.

Learn how Elianna and her UCSF care team are giving hope to other families with this diagnosis.

Elianna's Story, Part 1: Lifesaving Care Before Birth
Elianna's Story, Part 2: Thriving After Fetal Stem Cell Transplant

Support services at UCSF Health


Great Expectations Pregnancy Classes

Get ready for the baby! Choose from a variety of classes that prepare moms and partners for pregnancy, birth, baby care, breastfeeding and parenting.

Patient Resource

Lactation Consultant Support

Get support for all your breastfeeding needs. Troubleshoot with a lactation consultant, find equipment and supplies, join a support group and more.


Stop Smoking/Vaping/Chewing Class

Get help quitting. Our tobacco addiction specialists will guide you through a four-week course on smoking, health and how to quit.

Patient Resource

Women's Health Resource Center

Access free health resources here, from classes and webinars to support groups and medical referrals, plus pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding services.