Obstetrics - Routine & Optional Blood Testing
- Complete blood count
- Blood type
- Syphilis test
- Rubella-immunity status
- Hepatitis B
- Pap smear (if due)
- Possible cultures of your cervix
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus is the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). HIV is spread through the exchange of blood, sexual fluids (semen and vaginal secretions) and sometimes through breast milk. HIV can be transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy or childbirth. HIV antibody testing is optional and may be done through our office.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
CF is a lifelong illness that causes problems with digestion and breathing. CF is a chronic, progressive, inherited disease of the body’s mucous glands.
What can Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Screening tell you?
- Your risk for carrying an altered gene that can cause CF
- Your risk for passing that gene on to your child
- Your child’s risk of having CF if both you and your partner are screened
Carrier screening cannot tell you if your child will or will not have CF.
Alpha-feto protein (AFP) or MSAFP/Quad screen
An AFP (alpha-fetoprotien) test is a simple blood test. It can show whether your fetus has signs of some birth defects. This test is done between weeks 16 and 20 of pregnancy.
An AFP test is only a screening test. The most it can do is point to a possible problem. If your test returns with a positive result, other tests will be needed to confirm the results. Most AFP test results are normal.