Our fetal medicine consultants are skilled specialists that offer routine scans in pregnancy and diagnosis and treatment of complications which may arise in unborn babies.
Routine scans by consultants are performed for the following indications:
Our consultants can see you before you embark on a pregnancy. This may be particularly useful if you have concerns about your health or have a history of complications in pregnancy i.e miscarriage, fetal abnormality, premature delivery.
Our fetal medicine consultants can provide a second opinion if you have any concerns about the health of your baby.
Referrals are made for the following indications:
In some cases, parents may be concerned about a known or suspected genetic condition in themselves or their family. Our fetal medicine consultants are able to carry out invasive tests for women whose pregnancies are at risk of conditions which may have a genetic basis.
Invasive diagnostic tests are optional tests that will give a definite answer about specific chromosome differences in babies, for example, trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18 and trisomy 13.
Chorionic Villus Sampling is an invasive procedure used to diagnose chromosomal abnormalities, like Down’s Syndrome. It can also be used to detect various genetic syndromes e.g. Cystic Fibrosis. It is performed by one of our fetal medicine consultants under ultrasound guidance between 11 and 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Under local anaesthetic a fine needle is passed through the tummy and into the womb so that a sample of placental tissue can be obtained.
The tissue is sent to the laboratory for chromosome analysis and the rapid result is available within 48 working hours. As the procedure involves putting a needle into the womb, it carries a small risk (around 1%) of miscarriage.
Amniocentesis is an invasive procedure used to diagnose chromosomal abnormalities like Down’s Syndrome. It is performed by one of our fetal medicine consultants under ultrasound guidance and can be carried out from 15 weeks of pregnancy.
A fine needle is passed through the tummy and into the womb so that a small sample of fluid from around the baby can be obtained. The fluid is sent to the laboratory for chromosome analysis and the rapid result is available within 48 working hours. As the procedure involves putting a needle into the womb, it carries a small risk (around 1%) of miscarriage.
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I’ve been coming here for a few years now for my obstetric care and the doctors are nothing if not excellent and highly professional. I see Pat O’Brien (obstetrician) who is fantastic and Pran Pandya (scanning and fetal medicine) , who is brilliant. Also nice that they are always on time and never make you wait.
Dr. Sadia Bhatti highly exceded our expectations and we absolutely recommend her. She is a very experienced and talented professional who displayed the highest degree of technical skill and empathy.
Meeting Dr. Bhatti reassured us that we could have a positive birth despite the challenges. She explained the options and empowered us to make the choices that felt right for our circumstances. We opted for a gentle csection, and it was the most beautiful birth.
Thank you will never be enough! We will never be able to fully express how grateful we are to you for everything you did…
Thank you again for all of your help and excellent care during my pregnancy. I am very grateful.
Thank you for safely delivering our 3 children. You made every experience so pleasant! We always felt safe in your hands!
It’s not just skill that makes a good doctor but caring as well. Thank you for the concern and expertise you displayed throughout the pregnancy and birth. I truly felt that I was in good hands. We look forward to using you again some time in the future, please G-d!
Little things make a big difference. Appointments to fit your schedule and always on time, very friendly service and meeting the same people for your appointments is very reassuring.