You will need to know which test you need, why the doctor has requested
it, and how many weeks pregnant you are.
Most of our doctors use an order form from the
Perinatal Testing Center. This form will need to have the type
of test checked off on the front and the diagnosis code
checked off on the back, as well as the doctor's signature.
If the doctor's office does not have these forms, a regular prescription
will do as long as it contains the same information.
Once you have that information, call our central scheduling desk and
inform our scheduler which Main Line Health hospital you are interested
in. After you have made your appointment, contact your doctor's office
and let them know the date and have them activate your referrals if
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
You will need to bring the order form (or regular
prescription), your insurance card and a photo ID.
If your insurance plan requires a referral, you need to
bring your referral, too, and present it prior to the test.
If you are having a test done, you will need to supply documentation
confirming your blood type. Your doctor's office
should have a copy if you have had your obstetric panel drawn.
If you are coming in for a consultation, a copy of your prenatal
records and all testing results must be
supplied for the perinatologist to review prior to the day of your
Can I bring children with me for my ultrasound or testing?
No children under age 7 can come to PTC, and if you are bringing a child
over the age of 7, another adult needs to be present to attend to that
Can I use my cell phone while in the Perinatal Testing Center?
We ask for all cell phones to be turned off during all procedures or
scanning in the Perinatal Testing Center.
May I videotape my ultrasound?
Although this is a happy and exciting time for expectant parents, this
is still a medical process and we do not allow photographing or
videotaping. Our technicians and doctors have to be able to concentrate
to complete this comprehensive evaluation of your baby.
How do I get the 3-D/4-D ultrasound?
The 3-D4-D ultrasound is used at the discretion of the doctor when it is
Who performs the ultrasound?
The ultrasound is performed by a specially trained perinatal sonographer
and the perinatologist.
How do I prepare for an ultrasound?
If you are less than 15 weeks pregnant, you will need to drink 16 ounces
of water within an hour of your appointment. For example, if your
appointment is at 10 a.m., start drinking at 9 a.m. Otherwise, no
special preparation is required; you may eat and drink normally prior to
Does the doctor run on time?
Every effort is made to ensure that our perinatologists stay on
schedule. Please remember that the nature of medicine assumes that
certain unexpected and emergent situations will arise throughout the
day. Due to the nature of high-risk and emergent-care situations, more
time with the perinatologist may be necessary. In order to maintain the
doctors' schedules, we require that patients keep to their scheduled
time. If a patient arrives more than 30 minutes after her scheduled
appointment time, we will offer two options: You may reschedule the
appointment for another day, or you may wait until the first available
opening that day.
Please remember to allow enough time for traffic and parking.
How do I prepare for a first-trimester/sequential
The only preparation needed for the first-trimester/sequential
screening/NIPT is to drink 16 ounces of water within the hour prior
to your appointment.
How do I prepare for a CVS?
For a chorionic villus sampling (CVS) we must have a hard copy of your
current blood type in our file prior to the procedure. Ask your
doctor's office to fax it to us. In addition, you will need to
drink 16 ounces of water with in the hour prior to your appointment.
How do I prepare for an amniocentesis?
For an amniocentesis we must have a hard copy of your current blood type
in our file prior to the procedure. Ask your doctor's office to fax
it to us.
How do I prepare for a nonstress test?
The nonstress test is used to check the well-being of the baby. No
special preparation is needed, but try to eat before coming for your
How do I prepare for genetic counseling?
If you have a specific genetic issue or a significant family history
with either parent, or you have a history of a disorder from previous
pregnancies, please bring all your records with you, or ask your
doctor's office to fax it to us. The more information the counselor
has at the time of your appointment, the more comprehensive the session
will be. Please remember that if your insurance plan requires referrals,
you will need to bring a referral for the genetic counseling conference.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.