A Perinatologist is a certified specialist who takes care of women who have been identified as having high risk pregnancies. Your OB/GYN refers you to our offices for a more specialized care. So in a sense your OB/GYN is still taking care of your problem, but has asked us to help. An ultrasound in each trimester is what has become routine.
Genetic counseling helps families understand information about birth defects and inherited conditions. Detailed information about your family history is reviewed. If there is a family history of a genetic condition, our doctors will discuss with you the chances that the condition may occur again in your family. Our staff will provide up-to-date information about available genetic tests, treatments, research options support organizations and community resources.
Certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and lupus, warrant management by, or consultation with, a perinatologist. Other problems that occur during a pregnancy, such as pre-term labor, may or may not occur in a subsequent pregnancy. Early assessment with each pregnancy is the best way to determine the optimal management of your pregnancy.
You are 35 years or older; or will be 35 years or older at delivery. You have a history of pregnancy losses (miscarriages or stillbirths). You have an ongoing medical condition such as diabetes, thrombosis, psychiatric conditions, or a seizure disorder. You have been exposed to certain medications, alcohol, street drugs, chemicals, x-rays or infections during your pregnancy. You or your partner are from an ethnic origin in which a specific genetic condition is more common (e.g. sickle cell anemia in individuals of African-American descent and Tay Sachs disease in individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent). The results of a maternal serum screening test indicate that your baby is at increased risk for Down syndrome, trisomy 18 or spina bifida. You and your partner are blood relatives *These are only some examples of conditions requiring genetic counseling. Your provider will help guide you with your individual care.