Blood tests are done at the initial visit to determine Rh and blood type, rubella immunity, blood count and thyroid condition. We also test for Syphilis, Hepatitis, and HIV. The results take one to two weeks.
Urine screens are periodically performed to check for protein and sugar.
Ultrasounds are done to determine viability and fetal age at the first doctor visit. At 11-12 weeks, if desired, to check for increased risk of specific birth defects. At 18-20 weeks for placenta placement, position and anatomy. Ultrasounds performed at a different location will be discussed at the patient's next visit unless there are problems and then the doctor will discuss the results with the patient right away.
Gestational Diabetes/Glucola screening is done between 24-28 weeks. Please allow four days for the results.
Group B Beta-Strep testing is done at 36 weeks. If this tests positive, it means antibiotics will be given during delivery to prevent pneumonia in the baby.
Quad/integrated Prenatal Risk Screens are offered as first and second trimester blood tests to check for increased risk of birth defects such as spina bifida, Down's syndrome and Trisomy-I 8. The results are available approximately 7 days after the second blood test.
Amniocentesis may be recommended if you are over the age of 35 or you or your partner have a family history of genetic problems.
Rubella Immunization will be advised following delivery if you are not immune.
RhoGAM is given to women who are Rh-negative at 28 weeks and after delivery. It may also be given for bleeding during one's pregnancy, early second trimester, miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.
Non-stress Tests (Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring) may be recommended to determine the health of the baby and placenta.
Genetic Counseling may be recommended if there is a family history of genetic abnormalities, advanced maternal age or prior child with defects.
Cystic Fibrosis screening tests are available to see if one or both parents carry the gene.