Pregnancy & Birth

Pregnancy & Birth

Prenatal Care

Overview

The birth of your child is one of the most important and joyous experiences in your life. At NewYork-Presbyterian, our experienced obstetrician-gynecologists provide you with the highest level of care to keep you and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy. We tailor your prenatal care to your unique health needs, personal philosophies, and preferences. With early and regular prenatal care, we identify health problems and minimize risks. Whether you are welcoming your first baby or are an experienced parent, our knowledgeable and experienced staff is here to guide and nurture you through your pregnancy to give you and your baby the best possible start in life.

Prenatal Services

Our team supports you and your baby at NewYork-Presbyterian during your pregnancy with a range of services, from routine prenatal screening tests to advanced maternal and fetal diagnostic tools.

Prenatal visits

You can take the best care of yourself and your baby by getting early and regular prenatal care. Most prenatal visits will include:

  • Checking your blood pressure
  • Measuring your weight gain
  • Measuring your abdomen to check your baby's growth (once you begin to show)
  • Checking the baby's heart rate

Your physician will check to make sure you and your baby are healthy at each visit. If there are any problems, early action will help you and the baby.

Prenatal tests

NewYork-Presbyterian offers a full range of state-of-the-art prenatal tests that provide expecting parents with information about their baby’s health and risk of having genetic abnormalities that can result in congenital disabilities or health problems.  Our expert physicians prescribe the appropriate testing and imaging during each trimester of pregnancy to maximize your chances of a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Your doctor may recommend that you undergo one or more of the following laboratory and ultrasound tests:

Laboratory tests

  • Fetal cell-free DNA determination
  • Biochemical testing
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
  • Triple and quadruple screens
  • Amniocentesis
  • Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy screening
  • Noninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS)

Ultrasound tests

  • Fetal testing, including Doppler ultrasound as indicated
  • 3-D ultrasound
  • Nuchal fold determination
  • Ectopic pregnancies
  • Transvaginal ultrasound examinations
  • Anatomy scans
  • Multiple pregnancy evaluations
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • Doppler velocimetry
  • Biophysical profile

Other services

Prenatal genetic testing

Prenatal genetic testing gives expecting parents information about whether their fetus has genetic (inherited) disorders, such as sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease, and many others. NewYork-Presbyterian offers prenatal testing, including noninvasive blood and imaging tests, as well as chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis. People may be referred for genetic evaluation before or during pregnancy for various reasons, such as advanced maternal age, abnormal screening results, a family history, exposure to toxins or radiation during pregnancy, or abnormal findings on a prenatal ultrasound.

Childbirth and education classes

NewYork-Presbyterian offers a wide range of classes and support groups that give expectant parents the information, skills, and resources you need to make the best choices for you and your family. 

  • Childbirth education classes
  • Breastfeeding education classes

Our Approach to Care

Our highly skilled obstetrician-gynecologists provide clinical expertise and compassionate care to women with routine pregnancies as well as high-risk pregnancies complicated by conditions such as maternal age, diabetes, hypertension, early labor, or multiple gestations. Your obstetrician-gynecologist collaborates with a multidisciplinary team that may include obstetric anesthesiologists, imaging technicians, ultrasound technicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse-midwives throughout your pregnancy.  If needed, we may consult with your primary care physician or specialists in cardiology, endocrinology, or nutrition to address your unique needs.

Seamless Access to Expertise for High-Risk Pregnancies

At NewYork-Presbyterian, our physicians have advanced training and extensive experience in the care of women with high-risk pregnancies and those having complex deliveries. Women and infants needing more advanced care have access to our specialists in maternal-fetal medicine and neonatology.  If your baby has a congenital abnormality, we can connect you with our perinatal specialists.

Why Choose Us

At NewYork-Presbyterian, we take a comprehensive and holistic approach to your prenatal care.  Our physicians sit down with you to understand your medical history, pregnancy-related health risks, and your pregnancy and birth preferences.  We address any pre-existing medical conditions that can complicate your pregnancy, such as hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, and address new problems that may arise. During your regular prenatal visits, we monitor you and your baby’s health, discuss healthy eating habits, physical activity, any screening tests you might need, and what to expect during labor and delivery.  Throughout your pregnancy, you receive personalized care, support, and guidance to achieve the healthiest pregnancy.  

Contact


Iris Cantor Women's Health Center - NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Queens

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Related links

Obstetrics & Gynecology at Columbia

Obstetrics & Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine