When your health status, family history, age or an obstetrical finding
increases the risk in pregnancy, your obstetrician may refer you to a
perinatal testing center for counseling and testing. The perinatal
testing centers of Main Line Health are committed to giving every new
baby the healthiest possible start. Our family-centered approach to
maternity care includes expert perinatal staff who are available to help
you and your family make good decisions and get the finest care
possible—from conception, all the way through delivery.
Services Provided at Our Center
Perinatal Consultation: Patients receive an evaluation by
a perinatologist (a maternal-fetal medicine specialist), who
assesses risk in pregnancy and helps patients plan for a current
or future pregnancy.
Ultrasound: Ultrasound is a noninvasive test that uses
sound waves to visualize the fetus in utero. This simple
procedure can be used to help confirm gestational age, monitor
growth, identify some abnormalities and evaluate the well-being
of the fetus.
First-Trimester/Sequential Screening: The
first-trimester/sequential screening utilizes both ultrasound
findings and maternal hormone levels to determine if a woman is
at increased risk for having a baby with Down syndrome (trisomy
21) or trisomy 18.
Doppler Flow Studies: A Doppler flow study uses
ultrasound to evaluate the blood flow to the placenta from the
fetus and the mother. This is usually done in conjunction with a
complete ultrasound study of the fetus.
Tests for Fetal Well-Being: A biophysical profile (BPP),
which includes a nonstress test (NST), evaluates how well the
placenta is providing oxygen to the fetus. The information
obtained helps determine or predict the well-being of the fetus.
Genetic Counseling: A genetic counselor, under the
supervision of a perinatologist, is available to consult with
patients to assess genetic risk and provide information about
various genetic testing options.
Chorionic Villus Sampling: Chorionic villus sampling
(CVS) is performed early in a pregnancy by sampling tissue from
what will become the placenta. This tissue is evaluated for
possible genetic or chromosomal abnormalities and can provide
reassurance to parents.
Amniocentesis: Amniocentesis is used to obtain amniotic
fluid for genetic evaluation and information about fetal
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.