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.
The obstetric ultrasounds we offer are:
- Early pregnancy assessment and dating ultrasound
- 12-14 week with or without combined first trimester ultrasound (nuchal translucency)
- 20-21 week (Second Trimester) ultrasound
- Growth (Third Trimester) ultrasound
- Cervical length assessment
- Fetal Monitoring - Cardiotocography (CTG)
For all of our obstetric ultrasounds we can send images and a short 3 sec video to your phone.
A referral from your doctor is required for all Obstetric Ultrasounds.
The diagnostic procedures we offer are:
- CVS (chorionic villus sampling)
- Fetal Blood Sampling
All of these are invasive procedures, used to check for chromosomal abnormalities of the unborn baby. These tests are most commonly performed to test for Down syndrome, but they do also check for other chromosomal and genetic abnormalities. Genetic Counselling is provided for all patients undergoing these procedures.
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.
- The advantages of having a CTG are:
- It provides precise and accurate FHR (fetal heart rate) and MHR (mother’s heart rate) throughout the pregnancy
- MHR and FHR are extracted from the one signal rather than two, so there will be no confusion
- Uterine activity from EHG
- Non-invasive and passive
- Small wearable Bluetooth monitor that gives the mother the freedom to change position or move around during monitoring sessions