Center for Maternal Fetal Health
If your pregnancy is considered high risk, your healthcare provider may
refer you to St. Joseph Hospital's Center for Maternal-Fetal Health.
Located in the St. Joseph Hospital Outpatient Pavilion, the center provides
comprehensive, on-site services in a warm, caring and compassionate environment.
Families benefit from the expertise of our multidisciplinary team
St. Joseph Hospital has partnered with the University of California, Irvine
Medical Center, board-certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists. In
addition to our skilled team of perinatal specialists, expert ultrasound
technicians, experienced RNs, and state-of-the-art technology enhance
our ability to accurately diagnose and provide reassurance, thus improving outcomes.
1140 W. LaVeta Ave., Ste. 805,
Orange, CA 92868.
Non-stress test - This test consists of placing two belts on your tummy: one for your
baby’s heart rate and one to monitor for possible contractions.
Your baby’s movement and how his/her heart rate responds to movement
helps us evaluate your baby’s well-being.
Prenatal ultrasound with 3D/4D capabilities - Various ultrasound screenings enable us to closely follow fetal development
and growth through each stage of pregnancy. A perinatologist will review
the results and report them to your obstetrician the same day you are tested.
Nuchal Translucency (NT) - This ultrasound screening, performed during the first trimester or by
14 weeks gestation, can provide reassurance or determine whether your
baby is at risk for chromosomal abnormalities.
Fetal Echocardiography - This is a specialized ultrasound that details the structure of the baby's heart.
Genetic testing and counseling - If you have a family history of certain diseases, genetic testing can
be used to find out if these diseases can be inherited. A genetic counselor
will answer your questions and explain genetic information in easy-to-understand terms.
Amniocentesis - A small sampling of amniotic fluid is collected during the second trimester
if it is suspected that your baby may have a possible chromosomal abnormality
such as Down syndrome or other genetic conditions. An amniocentesis may
be recommended by our perinatal specialists.
Chorionic Villus sampling (CVS) - A small sampling performed during the first trimester or before 14 weeks
gestation also provides information on chromosomal abnormalities if needed.
Common Maternal-Fetal Health Conditions Treated
- Multiple gestations (twins, triplets, etc.)
- Fetal anomalies
- History of fetal or genetic anomalies in a prior pregnancy
- History of preterm birth or labor
- Advanced maternal age
- Diabetes, both gestational or Type I or II
- Maternal hypertension