Are you pregnant or planning to get pregnant and concerned about the health and well-being of your unborn baby? Do you want to have a comprehensive and accurate assessment of your baby’s growth, development, and condition throughout your pregnancy? Do you want to receive the best care and support for yourself and your baby before, during, and after birth? If yes, then you may benefit from foetal medicine.
Foetal medicine is a service that involves using various tests and procedures to diagnose, treat, and prevent any problems or complications that may affect your baby in the womb. Foetal medicine can help you protect your baby’s health and development, as well as your own health and well-being. Foetal medicine can also help you prepare for the birth of your baby and cope with any challenges or uncertainties that may arise.
Some of the benefits of foetal medicine are:
- You can detect any abnormalities or diseases in your baby early and take appropriate actions
- You can monitor your baby’s growth and development regularly and ensure optimal outcomes
- You can prevent or manage any risks or complications that may affect your pregnancy or delivery
- You can improve your emotional and mental health and reduce stress and anxiety
- You can enhance your quality of life and relationship with your partner and family
Some of the tests and procedures of foetal medicine are:
- Prenatal screening: This involves using blood tests, ultrasound scans, or other methods to estimate the likelihood of your baby having a genetic or chromosomal disorder, such as Down syndrome, trisomy 18, or trisomy 13. Prenatal screening is usually done in the first or second trimester of pregnancy and does not pose any harm to you or your baby.
- Prenatal diagnosis: This involves using invasive techniques, such as amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (CVS), or cordocentesis, to confirm or rule out the presence of a genetic or chromosomal disorder in your baby. Prenatal diagnosis is usually done after a positive screening result or a high-risk indication and carries a small risk of miscarriage or infection.
- Fetal therapy: This involves using medical or surgical interventions to treat or correct a problem or complication in your baby while still in the womb. Fetal therapy can be done for various conditions, such as twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), spina bifida, or fetal arrhythmia. Fetal therapy can improve the survival and quality of life of your baby after birth.
- Fetal surgery: This involves performing an operation on your baby while still in the womb. Fetal surgery can be done for life-threatening conditions that cannot be treated by fetal therapy, such as congenital heart defects, lung malformations, or urinary tract obstructions. Fetal surgery is a complex and risky procedure that requires specialized skills and equipment.
- Delivery planning: This involves preparing for the birth of your baby based on the results of the tests and procedures. Delivery planning can include choosing the mode, timing, and place of delivery, as well as arranging for any special care or support that you or your baby may need after birth.
At Acme Hospital, we offer foetal medicine as one of our services to help you achieve your parenthood goals. We have a team of highly qualified and experienced doctors, nurses, midwives, counsellors, and technicians who will guide you through every step of your foetal medicine journey. We have state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that ensure the highest standards of safety and quality. We have a patient-centric approach that respects your privacy, preferences, and values.
If you are interested in foetal medicine, please contact us today to book an appointment. We will conduct a thorough evaluation of your medical history.