Meet Dr. Ashley Zink
Perinatologist and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
“I don’t want my patients to ever look back and feel like they missed any opportunities to experience joy during their pregnancies,” says UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Ashley Zink, M.D.
As a perinatologist, Dr. Zink specializes in maternal-fetal medicine, particularly high-risk pregnancies. Working closely with patients’ primary obstetricians and subspecialists at Children’s Medical Center, she determines the best strategies for helping high-risk families plan for healthy pregnancies.
Dr. Zink helps expectant mothers manage existing medical conditions that could harm them or their unborn babies – diabetes, hypertension, and some autoimmune disorders, for instance – as well as pregnancy-related conditions including gestational diabetes and pre-term labor.
She sees women with multiple gestations and those who have experienced problems or had poor pregnancy outcomes in the past. She also offers preconception and between-pregnancy (interconception) counseling, as well as delivery planning (although she doesn’t typically deliver babies).
Dr. Zink performs both routine ultrasound to assess fetal anatomy and targeted ultrasound to aid in screening for chromosomal disorders (aneuploidy) or other birth defects. She also performs specialized procedures that include amniocentesis, percutaneous umbilical blood sampling, intrauterine fetal blood transfusion, and shunting, a method sometimes used to remove excess fluid from fetal organs.
Despite the higher-than-normal risks faced by many of her patients, Dr. Zink strives to ease their minds by following them closely and keeping them in the loop.
“It’s my job to look for things to worry about, and I’m committed to communicating with my families so they understand anything that might be going on,” she says. “The relationships I develop with my families are what I love most about what I do.”