Prenatal (Antenatal) Testing and Services
Tests performed during the course of a woman's pregnancy are important tools that can help doctors detect health problems in the mother and her baby. The Perinatal Clinic at Yuma Regional Medical Center offers a variety of tests designed to help assess the health of the mother and her developing baby.
- Amniocentesis -- For this procedure, a small amount of fluid is removed from the sac surrounding the fetus and then analyzed to determine factors such as fetal lung maturity or the presence of neural tube defects such as Spina Bifida. Amniocentesis can also be used to perform genetic testing to determine the presence of any inherited diseases or conditions in the fetus.
- Biophysical Profile (BPP) -- This test uses electronic fetal monitoring and fetal ultrasound to assess the baby's health by measuring its heart rate, movement, breathing and the amount of amniotic fluid.
- Non-stress Test -- This test uses fetal heart monitoring to record the baby's heart rate, both while it is moving and not moving.
- Modified Biophysical Profile -- This procedure combines a non-stress test with measurements of the amniotic fluid to assess the baby's health.
- RhoGAM® Injections -- Designed for women with Rh-negative blood who are pregnant or planning to have a child with a man who is Rh-positive, these injections help prevent the mother from producing antibodies that could harm the fetus.
- Perinatologist (Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist) -- A perinatologist performs pre-conception consultations, genetic counseling and ultrasound tests for high-risk pregnancies.
The Perinatal Clinic at YRMC is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. Testing is done once or twice a week, as determined by your doctor. Appointments are scheduled through your doctor's office, except for RhoGAM® injections, which can also be scheduled by the patient. For more information, call the Clinic at 928-336-7413.