Expecting? Expect great care.
Pregnancy can be one of the most joyous but stressful times in a woman’s life. As a mother-to-be, you want to be assured that you’re doing everything possible to keep your child healthy and have a positive, nurturing pregnancy experience.
We offer a wide range of pregnancy care options that cover the complete needs of expectant mothers, from pre-conception through childbirth.
- Routine and High-Risk Pregnancy
- Infertility Evaluation & Treatment
- Ultrasound performed in the safety of a physician’s office, we use the most advanced 2D ultrasound imaging technology.
- Prenatal Fetal DNA Testing
Prenatal Fetal DNA Testing
Testing for some of the more common chromosome abnormalities is now available by taking a sample of the mother’s blood after10 weeks of pregnancy in a procedure called Non-invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) or Fetal DNA Testing. This test replaces amniocentesis, or the amniotic fluid test, requiring the withdrawal of amniotic fluid using a needle inserted through the mother’s abdominal wall, then through the wall of the uterus and finally into the amniotic sac.
The newer test measures the relative amount of free fetal DNA (genetic material belonging to the fetus) in the mother’s blood and determines the likelihood that the fetus has Down syndrome, Edward syndrome or Patau syndrome based on the relative amount of DNA from chromosomes 21, 18 and 13.
The results are usually available within two weeks of the blood draw.
The test is offered to pregnant women who are at least 10 weeks along and at high risk of carrying a fetus with a genetic abnormality. A woman is considered high-risk if she is over 35, has a prior personal or family history of chromosome abnormalities, or has had a positive initial screening test indicating she is at increased risk for carrying a fetus with a genetic abnormality.