Antepartum Testing

These tests monitor the well being of your baby. The tests are simple, comfortable, non-invasive and safe. Some of these tests may include: non-stress test or amniotic fluid index using ultrasound. We have a full time sonographer on site.

We also have one of the newest ultrasound machines. The GE Voluson with HDlive. The followingAntepartum tests are among the most common we perform:

The Biophysical Profile (BPP) is a test that measures the health of the fetus during pregnancy. A BPP test may include a nonstress test with electronic fetal heart monitoring and a fetal ultrasound. The BPP measures the fetus’ heart rate, muscle tone, movement, breathing, and the amount of amniotic fluid. This test is commonly done in the last trimester of pregnancy.

Non-Stress Test (NST) is a simple, non-invasive test that measures the response of the baby’s heart rate to each movement the baby makes. The test is named “non-stress” because no stress is placed on the fetus during the test. The test involves attaching one belt to the mother’s abdomen to measure fetal heart rate and another belt to measure contractions. Movement, heart rate and “reactivity” of heart rate to movement is measured for 20-30 minutes.

Doppler Ultrasound is a noninvasive method to assess and measure the fetus’ blood flow using ultrasound technology.

Our office will be closed Mon April 8th. Normal hours resume April 9th.

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