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SeeBaby Perinatal is dedicated to providing options and support to women in the community! Doula support is encouraged to help provide the following perinatal options:

SeeBaby Perinatal Overview

At SeeBaby Perinatal, our mission is to educate and empower women & families on their journeys from conception, to prenatal care, through to birth — and beyond!
SeeBaby Perinatal is a medical practice that works to empower women and families on their birth journeys.
A diagnostic office visit with SeeBaby Perinatal begins when the patient is referred by her primary Obstetrician, Midwife, or Nurse Practitioner to collaborate with a maternal-fetal specialist (MFM) during her pregnancy for specific complications, while their primary providers give routine prenatal care. Patients can rely on our high-risk expertise to help them through any circumstances their primary Provider wishes us to assist with during their pregnancy. And in maintaining their well established relationship with the primary provider, the patient will continue her prenatal care and follow through with delivery. As part of your evaluation, we will indulge you with Antigo swing glide chairs (NST), examination tables with memory foam comfort system, warm scanning solutions, thermo-infused hand towels for personal maintenance, all capped off by a refreshing beverage of your liking.

SeeBaby Perinatal Services

Consultations are available for fetal conditions affecting development including birth defects such as cardiac defect, facial abnormalities, neural tube defects, and Down syndrome. In addition, consultations are available those pregnancies complicated by hypertension, diabetes, pre-term labor, pre-term delivery, recurrent pregnancy loss, blood abnormalities, and autoimmune diseases (e.g. Lupus) as well as gynological concerns, addressed using ultrasound. Telephone consultations and collaborative management are also available.
Quality evaluation and visualization occurs with traditional diagnostic ultrasound examinations. Our patients can start the bonding experience with the highest quality ultrasound service in compliance with all professional and technical standards. Our OB ultrasound examinations provide reassurance and detailed information regarding the condition of your pregnancy. The most common way to image your baby is with 2D diagnostic ultrasound. Our facility also provides 3D/4D ultrasound giving a “special” look at the baby, as an option. This is the basis of our practice also allows it to be a site for innovative development in the field; training and education for physicians, technologists and nurses. We offer only state of the art technology and have always had early access to new advances participating in application and development. See Baby steadfastly collaborates with MindRay ultrasound technology and MedStreaming image archiving system to bring a cutting edge evaluation to pregnancy and care of the patient. Thereby allowing the patient to “Experience Excellence”.
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Perinatal Services Diabetes Management/Teaching

SeeBaby Perinatal Procedures

(Verifi, MaterniT21, Harmony, etc.) This type of test is designed to help women who would like to know, as accurately as possible, with little or no risk to their pregnancy (a routine blood draw), if their baby has an extra chromosome (e.g., Down Syndrome, Trisomy 13, Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 21). Gender determination can also be provided by this type of testing. The test may be an option for you to consider if you fit into one of the following categories:

  • Prenatal ultraosund showing specific changes to the baby’s growth and/or development
  • Abnormal or “positive” first trimester or second trimester maternal serum screening
  • Personal or family history of chromosomal condition
  • AMA (Advanced Maternal Age > 35 y.o.)
DNA Paternity/Amniocentesis This procedure is often performed between 14 – 22 weeks EGA, to identify or exclude chromosomal abnormalities. Amniocentesis is often offered as an optional test when risks or concerns are suspected for genetic problems. This procedure is brief and usually requires 10 minutes to complete. Unfortunately, there is a 1/200 or 0.5% risk of miscarriage or fetal loss. This procedure can also be performed after 24 weeks EGA, however carries a risk of preterm delivery of 1/500. Results typically take 7-10 days. This is a simple medical procedure used to obtain a small amount of the amniotic fluid surrounding the fetus. An ultrasound is performed with the amniocentesis to check the position of your baby and to locate pockets of fluid. The doctor will insert a needle through the abdominal wall into the amniotic sac to remove a ~ 4 teaspoons (20 cc) of fluid for testing. The test usually takes ~ 1 minute, and most patients experience very little discomfort. The fluid that is withdrawn typically reaccumulates within 12 – 24 hours. Amniotic fluid contains cells from the fetus that can be tested to yield a diagnostic result.
Perinatal Services Amniocentesis For Fetal Lung Maturity (L/S, PG) This procedure is performed to assess fetal lung maturity. The information obtained from these results will help aid your doctors in deciding the best time to deliver your baby. An amniocentesis is performed to obtain a small amount of the amniotic fluid surrounding the fetus. An ultrasound is performed during the amniocentesis to check the position of your baby and to locate pockets of fluid. The doctor will insert a needle into the amniotic sac to remove a small amount of fluid for testing. After your amniocentesis, you may be placed on a fetal monitor for a non-stress test (see below).
CVS can be performed earlier in pregnancy than a genetic amniocentesis. It is usually performed at 11 – 13 weeks EGA. This allows for earlier detection of chromosomal abnormalities. When CVS is performed, a small sample of cells is taken from the placenta where it attaches to the wall of the uterus. Chorionic villi are tiny parts of the placenta, formed from the fertilized egg. Therefore, they have the same genes as the fetus. An ultrasound is also performed with CVS to facilitate appropriate sampling and safety. There are 2 approaches or techniques used to collect the sample:

  1. Transabdominal, which is similar to amniocentesis
  2. Transcervical, which is perform using a speculum as it would be for a Pap test. Then, a very thin, plastic tube is inserted through the vagina and into the cervix. With ultrasound, the tube is guided to the placenta and a small sample is removed. The sample is then sent to the lab for genetic testing.

This decision regarding which approach to use is typically made at the time of your appointment after ultrasound assessment of the placental location. This will be discussed with you before any procedure is performed. This procedure usually takes 20 minutes to complete.

First Trimester Screening is a normal, reliable test used for early pregnancy evaluation. It consists of two components:

  1. A blood test, drawn from either your arm or your finger
  2. A detailed ultrasound examination of your baby

The first phase, or Part I of First Trimester Screening, allows an early risk assessment for Down syndrome (Trisomy 21), Trisomy 18, & Trisomy 13. By having your blood drawn between 11.3 – 13.3 weeks EGA couple with a limited fetal ultrasound assessment (nuchal translucency NT) a genetic risk result can be obtained with ~ 85% accuracy. Increasing the accuracy to approx. 93% a second phase, or Part II, can be completed. Also, MSAFP screening for neural tube defect (NTD) is perfomred. This occurs between 16 – 22 weeks EGA. The Perinatologist will conduct and interpret your ultrasound examination to provide you withWater a final calculation of your risk for Down syndrome, Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13. In the event of an “at risk” result, we will provide you with additional consultation, genetic counseling and testing options as clinically indicated and per your desire.

This procedure is performed in our office using a fetal monitor to listen to and evaluate your baby’s heart activity. An NST observes the baby’s heart rate while the baby moves. Fetal activity with a rise in the baby’s heart rate is a good indication of fetal well being. This test usually takes 30 minutes to complete. Two monitors are placed on your abdomen. One will record the baby’s movements and/or uterine contractions, while the other records the baby’s heart rate. The BPP (biophysical profile), the ultrasound component of the examination, involves assessment of fetal activity and amniotic fluid volume. Evaluation of these elements help determine fetal well being. A score for fetal well being is then given. The medical team at See Baby will interpret the test and let you know if further testing is needed.

Patients with a history of second trimester loss or currently diagnosed with significant cervical changes are candidates for cervical cerclage.  Briefly, the procedure invloves securing and reinforcing the cervix wtih a suture under anesthesia.  The cerclage is typically placed between 12 – 20 weeks EGA.  It is also done as an outpatient procedure.  Afer placement, patients are continuously monitored to ensure successful pregancy outcome!

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