We offer counseling services and laboratory workup to those thinking about starting a family. We discuss topics like ovulation and the ideal time to conceive, immunizations and vaccinations that should be done prior to conception and medical conditions that might affect a couple conceiving.
This is the care you receive during your pregnancy. A full pregnancy is 10 months (40 weeks). Most people are unaware of their pregnancy early on and are diagnosed usually between 6-12 weeks.
1st trimester is the time from confirmed intrauterine pregnancy to 14 weeks of gestation. During this time, we do ultrasounds and offer Noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT). NIPT is usually a blood test that can detect chromosomal anomalies like Down syndrome and can also reveal gender of the fetus very early. NIPT is done from 10 weeks of pregnancy. During this trimester, you see the doctor every 4 weeks
2nd trimester is the period from 14 to 28 completed weeks. During this period, we do a detailed anatomy ultrasound around 20 weeks to look for fetal anomalies. We also screen for diabetes and anemia in this time segment.
3rd trimester is the last third of pregnancy which is from 28 to 40 weeks. Here we see you more often and if necessary do ultrasounds, to ensure that your baby is doing well. Post term is after 42 weeks of pregnancy. The risk of still birth is exceedingly high and we do not encourage anyone to deliver after 42 weeks
3D Obstetrical Ultrasound
3D obstetric ultrasound gives a much clearer picture of the fetus. These pictures provide a high resolution and high quality image that helps parents to identify more precisely what they are looking at and allows the physician to use this tool to more accurately diagnose any abnormalities to include, spina bifida, cleft lip or palate and heart deformities.
High Risk pregnancies
Pregnancies complicated by disease processes that place you and your baby at risk. Some examples of women considered high risk are those who are over the age of 35 when they deliver, those with multiple pregnancies, those who have preexisting diseases like Hypertension or diabetes, those who are diabetic because of the pregnancy, those who are pre-eclamptic and those who have had 3 or more cesarean sections. For women who are high risk, we manage your care in coordination with a high risk doctor known as a Perinatologist.
Labor and Delivery
This is the period from when you get to the hospital to when you deliver your baby. Depending on the route of your delivery; either vaginal or via cesarean section, you can be well assured of safe, professional and excellent care. Our motto for Labor and Delivery is “Safe Mother, Safe Baby”
For our patients that are going to be delivering abroad in the United States, we offer them the opportunity to continue their prenatal care with Dr. Shitta-bey in Fort Lauderdale at her practice http://www.beyhealthsolutions.com
This period is from the time of your delivery to up to 6 weeks after your delivery. We usually see you two times during this period to ensure that you and your baby are doing well.