ABOUT US

Specializing in the un-routine.

We are high-risk pregnancy experts. For pregnant women with chronic health problems, our ​Maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) subspecialist works to keep the woman as healthy as possible while her body changes and her baby grows. Our MFM subspecialist also cares for women who face unexpected problems that develop during pregnancy, such as early labor, bleeding, or high blood pressure. Our MFM is the go-to for pregnant women who arrive in the hospital for any reason, whether after an accident or at the onset of a kidney infection. In other cases, it’s the baby who faces the un-routine. If an OB care provider finds a birth defect or growth problem, our MFM can start treatment before birth, providing monitoring, blood transfusions and surgery to support the fetus until it is ready to arrive in the world.

Our MFM subspecialist treats two patients at the same time. We partner with the mom-to-be, her family, and her medical team to navigate the un-routine and achieve the best possible outcome. We see families who have experienced high-risk pregnancies in the past, women with chronic health conditions, and women who develop unexpected problems during their pregnancy.

 

OUR SERVICES

Doctor and Patient

PRECONCEPTION AND PREGNANCY CONSULTATION

Consultation and Co-Management

Our Maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) subspecialist treats two patients at the same time. We partner with the mom-to-be, her family, and her medical team to navigate the un-routine and achieve the best possible outcome. We see families who have experienced high-risk pregnancies in the past, women with chronic health conditions, and women who develop unexpected problems during their pregnancy.

Before and during pregnancy, our MFM can provide advice for women with chronic health conditions or those who have experienced a high-risk pregnancy in the past. At a consultation, our MFM reviews a woman’s medical and pregnancy history and helps to map out an optimal strategy for her pregnancy.

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OBSTETRIC ULTRASOUND

A window into the womb

We use ultrasound to look inside the womb and evaluate the developing fetus. We use advanced skills in 3D and 4D ultrasound and fetal echocardiogram to screen for birth defects and chromosome problems.

We offer obstetric ultrasound imaging to  all pregnant women

Early ultrasound examination

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GENETIC COUNSELING

Our genetic counselor is available for patients with:

  • Interest in genetic carrier screening for themselves and/or their partner

  • Interest in discussing risks for chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down syndrome

  • History of a previous child with a birth defect, developmental delay, or other genetic condition

  • History of multiple unexplained miscarriages or cases of unexplained infant deaths

  • Consanguineous union (cousins or otherwise blood related)

  • Maternal age of 35-years-old or older at time of delivery for a single pregnancy; 33-years-old or older at time of delivery for twin pregnancy

  • Current pregnancy with anomalies identified by ultrasound

  • Current pregnancy with an abnormal genetic screening test

  • Current pregnancy with risk of or concern for maternal exposures, such as medications, radiation, drugs/alcohol, or infections

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FETAL PROCEDURES

Our MFM may use the following procedures to evaluate the developing fetus:

Diagnostic amniocentesis:

Guided by ultrasound, our MFM uses a needle to collect a small amount of amniotic fluid. We use this fluid to test for genetic diseases, fetal lung maturity, or infection.

Therapeutic amniocentesis:

When a fetus has too much amniotic fluid, our MFM can place a needle in the uterus, guided by ultrasound, and remove extra fluid. This process can reduce the risk of early birth and treat certain fetal diseases

Chorionic villus sampling (CVS):

In a CVS, our MFM uses a thin tube or a needle to sample the placenta during the first third of the pregnancy. Our MFM uses ultrasound to perform a CVS, either through the cervix or the abdomen. We can test the placental sample for certain fetal diseases and health conditions.

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DIABETIC COUNSELING

Diabetes and Pregnancy Program (DAPP)

Diabetes is a complication for up to 7-14% of pregnant women. Our Diabetes and Pregnancy Program (DAPP) provides consultative and co-management services to assist in promoting improved pregnancy outcomes for high-risk pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes and women who develop diabetes while pregnant; gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).

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FETAL TESTING

We perform a variety of tests to check the effectiveness of certain treatments as well as monitor fetal well-being.

Antepartum fetal monitoring

We use 2D ultrasound to monitor fetal heart rate, fetal movement, and levels of amniotic fluid, and we use Doppler ultrasound to measure blood flow through the umbilical cord and the fetal brain and heart. These tests help sort out whether the fetus is getting what it needs in the uterus, or might be better off being born.


Ultrasound assessment of amniotic fluid

Healthy babies have enough fluid around them, but not too much. Using ultrasound, we can estimate whether a baby has too little fluid (oligohydramnios) or too much (polyhydramnios). Both too much and too little fluid can be associated with birth defects and placental problems.


Fetal blood sampling and transfusion

Guided by ultrasound, our MFM can insert a needle into the umbilical cord to collect a fetal blood sample to diagnosis certain diseases. We can also give the fetus a blood transfusion to treat severe anemia.

 

MEET OUR TEAM

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Maternal Fetal Medicine

& Clinical Genetics

Sub-specialist

Board certified in both Maternal Fetal Medicine and Clinical Genetics, Dr. Ali is the only MFM/Geneticist in the entire Sacramento area.

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JESSICA VOGEL, RDMS

Registered Sonographer

ARDMS certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Fetal Echocardiography

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TIANA CONLEY, RDMS

Registered Sonographer

ARDMS certified in both Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Fetal Echocardiography

 
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LINET HARTOUNIAN

Front Office

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DIANA ALLEN

Executive Director

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STACY GREENBERG

Front Office Executive

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NATASHA CHADBURN

Genetic Counselor

CONTACT US

We are located across the street from Mercy Hospital of Folsom

1645 Creekside Drive, Folsom CA 95630

Phone: 916.603.5600

Fax: 855.815.4684

 

©2019 by California Maternal Fetal Medicine.