Nothing is more important for a healthy pregnancy and delivery than prenatal care. Dr. Mirela Cernaianu at Hera Healthcare watches over the health of mothers and their babies, providing complete care from conception through delivery. In addition to regular prenatal checkups and monitoring your baby’s development, Dr. C. offers unique services like 3D ultrasound and cord blood banking. Call her office in the Westlake Village area of Thousand Oaks, California, or schedule an appointment online as soon as you suspect, or know, that you’re pregnant.
Parents always look forward to getting the first ultrasound of their baby. Routine two-dimensional ultrasounds are routinely done in the second trimester to assess the baby’s growth and development, to verify a due date, and to determine the baby’s sex.
Dr. C. also offers three-dimensional, or 3D ultrasound. As the ultrasound captures multiple 2D images, they’re translated by the computer into a 3D image that’s nearly as clear as a real photograph. With 3D ultrasound, you see the baby’s skin and a realistic shape that illustrates the baby’s features.
A high-risk pregnancy means that one or more issues exist that put the health of the mother and/or the baby at risk. The risk could affect the pregnancy, or there may be a higher chance of complications during or after delivery.
The most common causes of a high-risk pregnancy include:
Genetic screening using blood work and ultrasound indicates whether your baby has a higher risk of genetic disorders. Parents may also choose to have carrier screening done before or during pregnancy to determine if they carry genes for inherited disorders.
If screening indicates a potential concern, or if you have a family history of genetic disorders, you may decide to get genetic testing. Genetic testing determines whether your baby actually has a genetic disorder.
Choosing to have a genetic test is a personal and often a difficult decision, because genetic tests such as amniocentesis (withdrawing amniotic fluid) and chorionic villus sampling (taking a tissue sample from the placenta) carry some risks. Dr. C. is with you every step of the way, offering information, support, and guidance
Cord blood refers to blood that’s in the umbilical cord after a baby is born. This blood contains hematopoietic stem cells, which are immature cells that can develop into any type of blood cell. These special cells can be banked and then used in the future to treat more than 70 different diseases, including genetic disorders, immune system disorders, and leukemia.