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Our Pregnancy Clinic is designed to help women with low-risk pregnancies as well as those considered high-risk.
Amniocentesis. This test should be completed between 15 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. Ultrasound is first used to locate the fluid around the fetus. A small amount of the fluid is removed with a thin needle and tested for Down's syndrome, neural tube and other birth defects.
Ultrasound (Sonogram). This is a test that uses sound waves to make a picture of the fetus. The sonogram can show the correct age of the fetus and if there are multiple fetuses. It can also detect certain birth defects.
We can detect possible birth defects early in a woman's pregnancy, and to help parents cope with the psychological challenges they may face in giving birth and raising a child with special needs.
Down's Syndrome - Babies with Down's syndrome are mentally and developmentally delayed. They may also experience heart defects or other medical problems.
Inherited or Genetic Disorders - These occur when some of the cells in the body do not function properly. Examples are hemophilia, sickle cell anemia and cystic fibrosis.
Neural Tube Defects - These are defects of the spine (spina bifida) or of the brain and skull (anencephaly). Spina bifida usually causes paralysis in the lower part of the body. About one in 10 babies born with this condition have some degree of mental retardation. Babies born with anecephaly typically die before or soon after birth.
Doctors will schedule visits twice a month on Mondays, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 noon. The appointments will take place on the second floor, north area of the Medical Center in rooms 233 and 234.
If you have a high risk pregnancy, the specialists at Mercy Medical Center Redding can help.
For more information about our pregnancy clinic, please call 530.225.7480. For a physician referral, call 888.628.1948 or use our search tool to Find a Doctor.