Whether you’re looking for guidance on starting a family or searching for an OB/GYN to attend to your prenatal and delivery needs, the experienced doctors at Forest Hills Medical Services are here for you. Our team offers routine and high-risk obstetric care, including preconception planning, prenatal care, antenatal fetal testing, childbirth, and postnatal care. Finding an exceptional prenatal provider in NYC is vitally important to the health of you and your unborn baby. When searching for a pregnancy clinic you can trust, look no further than the top-rated OB/GYNs at Forest Hills.
Obstetrics and Prenatal Care
OB/GYNs are doctors who are experts in the field of pregnancy, childbirth, and the female reproductive system. Partnering with an OB/GYN as soon as you know you’re pregnant is recommended for a safe pregnancy. If you’re able to consult with an OB/GYN before becoming pregnant, even better.
The top-rated OB/GYNs at Forest Hills Medical Services can help you:
- Make lifestyle changes to support a healthy pregnancy
- Identify and manage preexisting health conditions
- Answer your questions about pregnancy
- Screen for various complications of pregnancy
- Monitor your baby’s development and find genetic disorders before birth
- Explain what will happen during labor and delivery
- Deliver your baby and provide postnatal care in the weeks following childbirth
Prenatal Care and Routine Tests
To give your unborn baby a healthy start to life, your doctor will provide prenatal services that include pregnancy checkups, testing, and physical exams to monitor fetal health and development as well as your health. You usually undergo a series of routine tests during your prenatal care period, such as:
- Ultrasound. Throughout your pregnancy, you may be offered a number of ultrasound scans to check how your baby is growing. By using high-sound frequency waves, your doctor or sonographer can create images of your baby and help monitor for birth defects. Ultrasounds even provide information that helps your OB/GYN to determine your due date.
- Urine tests. These are routinely performed to make sure your protein and sugar levels are healthy. Your prenatal care doctor checks for the onset of diabetes, a urinary tract infection or problems with your kidneys. Low protein could signal a condition called preeclampsia, a serious complication brought on by high blood pressure.
- Blood tests. In addition to checking your blood type, routine blood tests can detect a rubella infection, HIV or other STDs, blood glucose levels and cystic fibrosis. Regular blood tests also allow your prenatal care provider to check hemoglobin and hematocrit levels and perform antibody screening.
Routine antenatal testing include procedures performed to detect health problems as your baby grows, which include screening tests and diagnostic tests. Screening tests are typically less invasive, and indicate whether your baby might possibly have a genetic disorder or birth defect. Based on the results of your screening test, your OB/GYN might suggest diagnostic tests, which are more invasive but determine with more certainty your baby’s condition. Here are a few of the tests you may be interested in taking:
- Cell-free fetal DNA testing. The cell-free DNA prenatal screening test screens for an increased chance for specific chromosome problems. The test involves drawing a sample of your blood in order to measure the relative amount of fetal DNA from chromosomes 21, 18, 13 and the sex chromosomes. If there is an abnormal amount of DNA from these chromosomes, your baby may be at greater risk for having certain genetic conditions, such as Down Syndrome. Your doctor may suggest a diagnostic test to confirm.
- Amniocentesis. Amniocentesis is a diagnostic test that diagnoses chromosome defects and neural tube defects (which affect development of the brain, spine, or spinal cord). Unlike cell-free fetal DNA testing, which is noninvasive, amniocentesis involves inserting a needle into your belly and into the uterus and extracting a sample of your amniotic fluid, which is the sac surrounding and protecting your developing baby. It is then sent to a lab for testing.
- Chorionic villus sampling. Chorionic villus sampling extract a small sample of cells from your placenta to be tested for certain genetic abnormalities (but not neural tube defects). The procedure involves inserting a needle into your belly and into the uterus and extracting a sample of your pregnancy tissue, or inserting a very small tube through your cervix to extract a tiny piece of pregnancy tissue. It is then sent to a lab for testing.
Emergency Prenatal Care
The vast majority of pregnancies go according to plan; however, when emergencies arise, our team will chart the best course for your pregnancy. Prenatal care is essential in detecting health problems and reducing the risk of pregnancy complications, such as preterm birth, anemia and low birth weight. Data provided by The Office on Women’s Health, suggest that babies are three times more likely to have a low birth weight and five times more likely to die than those born to mothers who do get care.
In the event that your pregnancy is considered high-risk and evaluation is needed, our health care team uses antenatal testing to assess the well-being of your developing baby. Our affiliation with Mount Sinai Roosevelt allows our patients to receive care in one of the top maternity hospitals in the country. As a best in class gynecologist in Queens, Dr. James Gohar leads our physicians in providing highly personalized, expert care through every stage of your pregnancy, especially childbirth and delivery.
For more information about the Obstetrics and Prenatal Care in Queens NY, treatment options or to schedule a consultation with the (gynecologist) OB/GYN doctor, the best rated Obstetrician and Prenatal Care specialists at Forest Hills Medical Services, please contact our Queens office.
Forest Hills Medical Services
108-16 63rd Rd
Forest Hills, NY 11375
☎ (718) 897-5331