For many individuals/couples either; embarking on the journey to become pregnant, or already being pregnant, can be a very confusing period. We at Siles Health are hoping to help alleviate that confusion by providing you with supportive Genetic Counselling services. Every pregnancy has a risk of abnormality, this can either be inherited or not inherited (sporadic). The main purpose of a Genetic Counsellor is to provide you with up to date information about the options available and emotional support so you can make informed decisions about your pregnancy.
Obstetric ultrasound is the use of ultrasound during the pregnancy. Ultrasound is considered to be a safe, non-invasive, accurate examination of the baby, without the use of radiation. It has progressively become an indispensable obstetric tool and plays an important role in the care of every pregnant woman.
Fetal Monitoring – Cardiotocography (CTG): A CTG is a monitor that checks the baby and the mother’s heart rate; it is usually performed in the third trimester of pregnancy. Your baby’s heart rate and activity is a good indicator of how healthy your unborn baby is. It will also detect any contractions you may be having.
12-14 week with or without combined first trimester ultrasound (nuchal translucency)
20-21 week (Second Trimester) ultrasound
Growth (Third Trimester) ultrasound
Genetic carrier screening is performed by a simple blood test, it will detect if you are a carrier of CysticFibrosis (CF), Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) and SpinalMuscular Atrophy (SMA). It is available at any time in the pregnancy, however, is recommended as early in the first trimester as possible to ensure enough time for decision making.
By measuring: hormones beta HCG and PAPP-A,maternal blood pressures and urine samples for protein levels. Ultrasound is used for uterine artery Doppler screening, serial fetal growth and placental dysfunction. This helps provide us with earlier recognition and in turn preventative intervention to those at risk.