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Perinatology

 

Pregnant womanThe Maternal Fetal Center provides high quality and compassionate care to diagnose and treat maternal and fetal conditions that can impact a pregnancy. Our expert perinatologists and specially trained staff care for patients and families in an atmosphere of kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients benefit from direct access to neonatologists in our Regional Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a variety of pediatric specialists who provide consultations and coordinate multidisciplinary care as needed for high-risk patients and unborn babies.

Our specialized perinatology services help ensure the most favorable outcome for the baby and the health of the mother.

Services available to mothers and babies include:

Preconception consultation and diagnostic testing services

  • diagnostic 3-D and 4-D sonograms
  • amniocentesis
  • chorionic villus sampling
  • fetal echocardiograms
  • fetal MRI
  • genetic counseling (with three clinical geneticists on staff, including one physician)
  • patient education
  • state maternal serum screening

High-risk pregnancy management

  • mother’s pre-existing health conditions (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.)
  • multiple births
  • preterm labor
  • prior pregnancy loss
  • congenital anomalies
  • intrauterine procedures*
  • air and ground emergency transports of high-risk pregnancies when needed*
  • inpatient care of high-risk pregnancies when needed*
  • specialty consultations in advance and surgical care upon delivery

Postpartum neonatal care and treatment

  • air and ground emergency transport to our regional level III neonatal intensive care unit
  • high-risk infant follow-up
  • parent-to-parent support groups
  • over 40 pediatric specialties (pediatric general surgery, cardiac surgery, cardiology, neurology, orthopaedics, etc.)

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

The Maternal Fetal Center works in tandem with obstetrical providers and birthing centers to optimize the health of the mothers and babies. Children’s Hospital operates Level II satellite neonatal intensive care units at birthing centers in Merced, Fresno and Hanford, and is planning to expand our unit at Saint Agnes Medical Center to a community Level III NICU. This much-needed upgrade will allow more babies delivered at Saint Agnes who require a higher level of care to stay in the same hospital as their mothers. 

Our perinatologists regularly address medical challenges pregnant women may face and offer encouragement, education, and hope while caring for patients and families in an atmosphere of kindness, dignity and respect. No other program in Central California can provide the depth and breadth of services available through the Maternal Fetal Center at Children’s Hospital Central California.

About the Doctors

Dr. Armando FuentesArmando Fuentes, MD - Medical Director, Perinatology

Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal fetal medicine by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Fuentes has more than 24 years of experience. His expertise is in prenatal diagnosis, fetal echocardiography and invasive fetal therapy. He is proficient in amniocentesis, chorionic villous sampling, intrauterine transfusions and bladder shunts for bladder obstruction. Prior to joining Children’s, Dr. Fuentes was assistant professor at Florida State University, College of Medicine in Tallahassee, Fla. He also served as director of the Maternal Fetal Center in Winter Park, Fla.  Dr. Fuentes has served in administrative positions as medical director of the department of maternal fetal medicine and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Fuentes is a member of several professional organizations including the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Fuentes has published in several professional journals and book chapters. He has lectured throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. He is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Fuentes received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y. He completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at Albany Medical Center in Albany, where he also served as chief administrative resident. Dr. Fuentes completed a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He obtained his MBA from Crummer School of Business at Rollins College in Orlando, Fla.

 

Beni Adeniji, MDBeni Adeniji, MD - Perinatologist

Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Adeniji is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a diplomate of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Health). Prior to completing a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine, Dr. Adeniji was an obstetrician/gynecologist for the Family Healthcare Network and Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency in Visalia, Calif., and an attending physician at Harbor University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Dr. Adeniji is committed to the improvement of children’s health, nutrition and education. He enjoys giving his time, effort and resources to various causes that aid the poor and disadvantaged.

Dr. Adeniji is a member of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and a member of the Perinatal Advisory Committee for Leadership, Advocacy and Consultation (PAC-LAC). He was an invited participant at the World Health Organization Preterm Birth International Collaborative (PREBIC) in Geneva, Switzerland in April 2009. He has presented at national forums on topics in maternal fetal medicine such as diabetes in pregnancy and the effects of vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy. Dr. Adeniji received his medical degree from the University of Ibadan College of Medicine in Nigeria, graduating with honors. He completed his obstetrics and gynecology residencies at Jessop Hospital for Women in Sheffield, United Kingdom and King-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif., where he was executive chief resident. He completed a maternal fetal medicine fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and received the Lowy Fellowship Award for outstanding professional achievement in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Dr. Elizabeth Platz

Elizabeth Platz, MD - Perinatologist

 Fellowship trained in maternal fetal medicine, Dr. Elizabeth Platz joined Children’s Hospital Central California as a perinatologist in July 2013.

Dr. Platz came to Children’s from The Vancouver Clinic where she worked as a maternal fetal medicine physician and oversaw more than two dozen OB/GYNs in Vancouver, Wash.

Dr. Platz received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Charleston, S.C. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine, at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Platz has presented on numerous maternal fetal topics across the country. She is a member of several professional societies, including the American Medical Association, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, THEGOS Society, and Specialty Medical Group.

Dr. Robert Sigman


Robert Sigman, MD - Perinatologist

Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty certified in maternal fetal medicine by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Robert Sigman joined Children’s Hospital Central California as a perinatologist in October 2012.

Dr. Sigman came to us from the University of North Texas Health Science Center where he worked as an assistant professor, department of obstetrics and gynecology, in Fort Worth, Texas. While there, he developed the first prenatal genetic program at UNT.

Other positions Dr. Sigman has held include: director, maternal fetal medicine, Deaconess Hospital, Spokane, Wash.; director, critical care obstetrics, Saint Alphonsus Hospital, Boise, Idaho; and running a private practice in Huntsville, Ala.

Dr. Sigman has achieved many other accomplishments in his field. As the only board certified perinatologist in eastern Washington, he developed a highly successful perinatal ultrasound, teaching and consultative practice. As the only private perinatologist in the state of Alabama, he developed a perinatal program for northern Alabama that reduced perinatal morbidity and mortality, and established the only ultrasound and genetics lab between Birmingham, Ala., and Nashville, Tenn. As head of maternal fetal medicine at the University of South Dakota, he developed intrastate outreach programs for the Indian reservation system and Ellsworth Air Force Base, and a statewide perinatal network.

Dr. Sigman has presented on numerous maternal fetal topics across the country. He has also published in peer-reviewed journals, including “Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine” and “European Journal of Ultrasound.”

Dr. Sigman received his medical degree from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pa. He did his medical internship at West Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Charity Hospital, Louisiana State University, in New Orleans. He did his fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at Washington University, in St. Louis, Mo.

Dr. Sigman is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Specialty Medical Group. In his free time, he enjoys motorcycle riding and flying his own plane. 

Physician Referral Line: 

To schedule an appointment or to speak with the perinatologists please call The Maternal Fetal Center at

559-353-6700.  Our perinatologists are available 24/7 through the Children's Access Center at

866-353-KIDS (5437).

Maternal Fetal - Prenatal Diagnostic Physician Referral Form

The Maternal Fetal - Prenatal Diagnostic Physician Referral Form can be filled out on your computer and e-mailed to Children's Hospital, printed for your records, or saved to your own computer.
 
To E-mail form: Selecting the "email" button in the upper right corner will prompt you to choose between "Desktop email" (email software program loaded on your computer such as Outlook) or "Internet email" (email program through the internet such as Yahoo). The Desktop option will create an e-mail for you with our address already in the send field and the referral form attached. Select "Send". If you choose the Internet option, it will prompt you to save the completed form. Open a new email page through your email provider and attach the form. Send to MFCReferral@ChildrensCentralCal.org  
 
Very Important! We need the Patient Prenatal Records. If you have the electronic records you may email them to MFCReferral@ChildrensCentralCal.org along with the referral or you can fax the records to (559) 353-6710.

To FAX form:
Once you have filled out the form on your computer, select "Print". Fax the printed referral to (559) 353-6710. 
 
You can also keep using the Maternal Fetal - Prenatal Diagnostic Physician Referral Form as you always have. The electronic version of the form is simply meant to give you a more streamlined option.
 
Please Note: Our referral team processes referrals during normal business hours (7:30 AM to 4:00 PM). If you need to speak to a specialist or have an urgent issue please call the Children's Access center at (866) 353-KIDS (5437).
 
If you have any problems with the form please call us at (559) 353-6700 or 353-6633.

 

  

 

 

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