how your age can affect your pregnancy.
Your age directly influences
your chances of complications and fetal problems. Statistically,
your risk of chromosome abnormalities goes from 1 in 450 at age
29 to 1 in 200 at age 35. At age 39, that figure is 1 in 80. We
can show you similar statistics for other potential disorders.
Of course, it's essential
that every pregnant woman is screened for abnormalities. But if
you're concerned about your age affecting your baby's development,
it's important to be evaluated by specialist who will perform the
most complete diagnostics available.
diagnostics help assess your true risk.
While there are statistical
risks inherent in pregnancy, your actual risk can only be assessed
through a series of screenings and tests. Here are some of the many
advanced tools and procedures we use to evaluate your actual risks:
Using specialized equipment that produces much clearer images
than regular ultrasound, our specialists see specific organs in
greater detail and can better screen for certain abnormalities.
By extracting a small amount of amniotic fluid from the uterus
at about the 16th week of pregnancy, we can screen for chromosomal
abnormalities, genetic diseases and neural tube defects. While
this process comes with some risk, our rate of complication is
half the national average.
This simple blood test lets us screen for increased risk of birth
defects, many of which can only be found through testing.
Much like with a normal EKG, our specialists use this technique
to diagnose congenital heart defects as well as other abnormalities.
Early diagnosis of heart defects is key to maximizing your options.
A technology that uses sound waves and color-mapping to determine
direction, velocity and variance of blood flow inside the womb.
Our experts use these images to determine potential disorders
in both the fetus and uterus.