Donated ultrasound machines at south Sac clinic will help region’s poorest moms-to-be

WellSpace Health is showing off three state-of-the-art ultrasound machines Friday morning at its Women’s Health Center in south Sacramento, gifts from the Anthem Blue Cross for an organization that cared for one in every 10 women who gave birth last year in Sacramento County.

Using an ultrasound machine donated by Anthem Blue Cross, expectant mother Cali Yang finds out the sex of her child at Wellspace Women’s Health on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. BY LEZLIE STERLING

Until now, moms-to-be saw their obstetricians at the south Sacramento facility, but they had to go to Sutter Health or another provider for ultrasounds. The machines can cost upward of $100,000 each.

Expectant mom Aerzou Bahari said she wished the machines had been available just a month or two ago when it was time for her first ultrasound because that would have made things easier.

“When my doctor ordered the ultrasound, I had to wait two weeks for the insurance,” she said, “and when the insurance accepted it, I had to wait for Sutter to call me and let me know that my insurance was accepted and I could make an appointment.”

In remarks emailed to The Bee ahead of Friday’s event, U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, applauded Anthem Blue Cross for donating critical machines that will help WellSpace continue providing compassionate care to some of the region’s poorest residents.

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