Antenatal Testing

When you’re pregnant, preparing for your baby is a wonderful time filled with lots of questions. The obstetricians and neonatologists at Rochester Regional Health are your partners for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. We address the issues that matter to you most and answer your questions.

Our experienced team combines clinical knowledge with the latest technology to perform diagnostic testing and protect the health of your fetus throughout your pregnancy, whether routine or high risk.

We are committed to your health and the health of your baby. To detect any abnormalities or concerns early, we offer a variety of diagnostic tests during your nine months of pregnancy. Early detection helps us intervene sooner, when many conditions are easier to treat.

Diagnostic Tests

Blood tests to check for: Anemia
RH factor
Urine tests to check for bacteria: 

Group B streptococci 
Glucose challenge test to check for:  Gestational diabetes

Diagnostic Imaging

Ultrasound to monitor baby's growth

Fetal echocardiography to check baby's heart function & development

Gynecologic sonogram to check for birth defects and monitor growth

Tests for Birth Defects

Alpha fetoprotein (AFP) screen to check for: Spina bifida
Down syndrome
Amniocentesis to study a sample of fetal cells for indications of birth defects
Genetic testing to assess risk factors for hereditary disorders

Multidisciplinary care

Our Women’s Health Centers offer a collaborative approach to routine and high-risk obstetric care. Our healthcare teams include:

  • Board-certified physicians
  • Fellowship-trained obstetricians
  • Perinatologists (maternal-fetal specialists)
  • Certified nurse midwives
  • Physician assistants

Advanced ultrasound

We use ultrasound studies, which use sound waves to generate images of your baby inside the uterus, to monitor your fetus throughout your pregnancy. These visuals help us track your baby’s growth and development, reveal the baby’s sex and detect possible complications.

  • 3-D ultrasound provides a three dimensional image of your baby
  • 4-D ultrasound creates a live video image of your baby
  • Doppler ultrasound measures blood flow through arteries and veins

High-risk pregnancies

Your pregnancy is high risk if you or your baby has an existing condition or infection that creates an increased chance of developing health problems. Your obstetrician will monitor your condition more closely and with more frequent doctor visits.

Certain health conditions can put you at greater risk for problems such as pre-term labor and preeclampsia. Those conditions include:

  • Advanced maternal age (35 and older)
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy 
  • Genetic condition
  • Heart disease
  • Heart problem
  • High blood pressure
  • Viral infection (HIV or Hepatitis C)
  • Kidney disease
  • Lung disease 
  • Problem with past pregnancies

A high-risk obstetrical clinic is held every Tuesday at Rochester General Hospital. Perinatologists from Rochester Regional Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center staff the clinic, where moms-to-be can access diagnostic services including ultrasound, amniocentesis, non-stress testing, biophysical scores and AFP testing, as well as genetic counseling.