Prenatal Checkups

It's Your Birthright! Understanding Your Rights During Labor and Delivery

An expectant mother can feel like a specimen and not like a person with legal rights and individual preferences. Expectant mothers do have the right to control their medical care, to make choices based on information and to refuse care. Learning what your legal rights are will help you feel more in charge.

Calcification in a Fetal Heart?

Jane Foley's picture

QUESTION

Dear Ms Ultrasound,
In your twenty years experience have you ever seen a calcium deposit in the baby's heart? I am so worried and have no answers from my doctor yet. I had an amnio and the baby looked fine the doctor said but he did tell me about the calcium deposit like it was no big deal. Now I have to wait two weeks for the test results from the amnio to come back from the lab. Please let me know if you have ever seen one of these before?

Thank you.
Renee

What is a "Wet Reading?"

Jane Foley's picture

QUESTION

Dear Ms Ultrasound,
I was just wondering what a "wet read" is during a prenatal ultrasound? I am going to be having another ultrasound in 2 weeks to check size and date, as my son is measuring almost 4 weeks large and no possible miscalculation of dates, but they have also requested a wet read and I can find no information on it. Any help would be appreciated.

Jennifer

Tuberculosis Testing During Pregnancy

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am about 3 months pregnant and have not yet been in to see a doctor because I have no insurance. I have just accepted a position as a preschool teacher and they asked that I have a TB test done. I have tried to contact Ob/Gyn offices for an answer but no one will give me info because I'm not their patient. I was wondering if I can get a TB test done while I am pregnant. Thank you for your help.

Can We Know the Sex Before Deployment?

Jane Foley's picture

QUESTION

Dear Ms Ultrasound,
I am an expecting mother. I am about 5 weeks along and my husband is getting deployed in January between the 12th and the 15th. I would really like to find out what we are going to be having but I'm not sure how far along I have to be for it and if I will be that far along at the right time. My first day of my last menstrual cycle was September 15th. Can you possibly give me an idea of if I will be able to do this with my husband still here. My estimated due date is June 21st- 24th.

Thank you,
mikki_blue

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