FAQ | High Risk Pregnancy

What is a perinatologist?

A perinatologist is a physician that works in conjunction with a patient’s obstetrician for patients that have preexisting health concerns, increased risk for genetic or medical complications or develop complications during their pregnancy. They care for both the mom and unborn baby. They are also known as maternal-fetal medicine specialists.

After graduating medical school in addition to four years of residency training in obstetrics and gynecology the maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist has received two to three years of education in ultrasound and the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the mother and fetus

How do I schedule an appointment?

Your obstetrician will send a referral if appropriate and notify you.

Will you provide all my prenatal care or will I still go to my obstetrician?

No, Prenatal Diagnostics will perform your ultrasound which will be interpreted by a perinatologist. If consultation is requested, we will provide recommendations for management of your pregnancy to your obstetrician. You will continue care with your obstetrician.

How long will my appointment take?

Fetal ultrasounds in general take 30-45 min. This sometimes takes longer based on fetal position, maternal body habitus or unexpected findings. If you are scheduled for a consultation, please allow 1-2 hours.

What should I expect at a genetic consult appointment?

You will meet with one of our nurse counselors, who will obtain a detailed family and genetic history from you. He/she will discuss with you the specific risks for chromosomal abnormalities or genetic disorders based on this information, and counsel you regarding the options for screening versus diagnostic testing, so that you can make an informed decision regarding these options. You will have a genetic screening ultrasound and the perinatologist will review your ultrasound results with you. At this time, if you decide that you would like to proceed with diagnostic amniocentesis, it will be available for you.

Will my insurance cover the cost?

We accept most insurance. Before you are seen we evaluate your specific coverage. At time of registration you will be provided an estimate of your financial responsibility based on your specific coverage. If your appointment type requires blood work or amniocentesis the specific lab will submit a separate bill. You are more than welcome to call our department for an estimate in advance.

Who can come with me to my ultrasound appointment?

Family members are welcome to attend your appointment with you. However, remember that while it is exciting to see the baby on ultrasound, this is a medical examination and you may be asked personal questions regarding your medical, obstetrical or past pregnancy history if pertinent to your visit. If you have a small child, please make sure to have someone with you who can watch your child during your examination.

How is your ultrasound different than my doctor’s office?

We have state of the art equipment, specially trained sonographers and perinatologists skilled at both performing and interpreting highly detailed ultrasounds.

What type of appointments do you offer?

  • Antenatal fetal well-being testing (NST and BPP)
  • Genetic screening ultrasound
  • Genetic counseling
  • Diagnostic fetal testing (amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus Sampling)
  • Evaluation of multiple gestation
  • Fetal echocardiogram
  • First Trimester Screening
  • Medical consultations
  • Pre-pregnancy counseling

Do I need a full bladder for an ultrasound?

No. A full bladder is not required for ultrasound examinations.