Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I eat or drink prior to my appointment?

    Yes, you may eat and drink prior to your appointment. It is actually encouraged that you do eat prior to arriving to increase the likelihood that there is fetal movement for testing.

  2. Do I need to have a full bladder?

    If you are in your first trimester (1-12wks) it is recommended that you have a full bladder for testing. Drinking 16-24oz of water ½ hour prior to your appointment is encouraged. Patients for CVS testing also must have a full bladder. If you are scheduled with a genetic counselor prior to your ultrasound appointment, there is no need to arrive with a full bladder.

  3. Will I have bloodwork drawn?

    There is a possibility that you will be offered bloodwork when you are here, depending on the circumstance. No fasting indicated. Generally if you are in your first trimester you will be presented with the option to have bloodwork drawn for genetic screening purposes.

  4. When will I know the results of my lab work?

    Unless the provider tells you any differently, results of most lab work drawn in the office can take up to 14 business days. We will call every patient personally when the results are received. If you have not heard from us after 14 days, feel free to call our office.

  5. Who is eligible to get NIPT (Non-invasive Prenatal Testing)?

    Our practice follows the current guidelines of our professional organizations, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). Common indications include: women 35 years or older at the time of delivery, abnormal maternal serum screen, abnormal ultrasound findings, or women with a history of a previous pregnancy with a chromosome abnormality. Insurance coverage may vary. During your visit, you may inquire about whether NIPT is an option for you.

  6. How many people are allowed in the exam room?

    Due to limited space in our examination rooms, no more than 2 people may accompany the patient.

  7. Can I bring my children?

    We encourage you NOT to bring any children less than 12 years of age with you for your office visit. If you do bring them, you must have another responsible adult with you to watch over them in our waiting room as they are not allowed in the exam room. If you have any further questions about this, please contact us by phone.

  8. Should I bring my partner with me?

    Your partner is encouraged to come to our office for all visits if you desire. It is especially advisable that they are with you for any counseling sessions.

  9. Can I request to see a specific sonographer or provider?

    You may request a sonographer or provider but we cannot guarantee that they will be available during your visit.

  10. What is a BPP?

    A BPP or Biophysical Profile is an evaluation of fetal well-being based on: 1) Amniotic fluid volume, 2) Fetal breathing movements, 3) Fetal movement, 4) Fetal muscle tone. This is done with ultrasound and can take anywhere from 5 and 30 minutes. A BPP is sometimes combined with an NST depending on the circumstances.

  11. What is a NST?

    The NST or Nonstress Test is one of the most common methods of prenatal screening for pregnancy after 32 weeks. It involves electronic FHR monitoring for approximately 20-40 minutes. Acceleration of FHR during fetal activity is a sign of fetal wellbeing. An NST that does not meet criteria may indicate a need for further testing.

  12. Will my doctor get a copy of the report?

    Once completed, all reports and consults will be faxed to the referring doctor.

  13. Will I continue to be followed by your practice throughout my pregnancy?

    You will be evaluated by our providers regarding the need for further visits.

  14. Do I still need to see my OB/GYN?

    Yes! We partner with your OB/GYN to provide you with specialized care.

  15. Who may benefit from genetic counseling?

    Common indications for genetic counseling include, but are not limited to the following: 1) Women who will be 35 years of age or older at the time of delivery, 2) Women who have an abnormal (positive, high risk) serum screen result, 3) Couple who have a family history of a genetic condition, 4) Pregnancies with abnormal ultrasound findings, 5) Carrier screening, 6) Teratogen counseling, and many others.

  16. What should I bring for my genetic counseling appointment?

    In order to provide you with the most comprehensive assessment, we request you bring as much information as possible regarding your family history (including medical history of first- and second-degree relatives). Specifically, if there is a known genetic condition in the family, we request medical records be provided when possible. Having this documentation allows us to provide more thorough risk assessment and counseling about possible testing options.

  17. When will I need an insurance referral and where do I get one?

    If you have an HMO, you will need to obtain an insurance referral from your primary care physician. If you have never seen one, you will need to call them and ask how to go about obtaining one from their office.

  18. What do I do if I am bleeding?

    Please call your OB/GYN first and they will direct you with how to proceed.

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