Mary Calvagna, MS
You have a unique medical history. Therefore, it is essential to talk with your doctor about your personal risk factors and/or experience with prenatal testing. By talking openly and regularly with your doctor, you will take an active role in your care.
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Screening for fetal chromosomal abnormalities. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Practice Bulletin No. 77. January 2007.
Prenatal tests. Nemours Foundation. KidsHealth website. Available at:
http://kidshealth.org/parent/system/medical/prenatal_tests.html. Updated January 2012. Accessed April 24, 2013.
Screening and monitoring during pregnancy. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:
http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated March 12, 2013. Accessed April 24, 2013.
Tips for talking to your doctor. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at:
http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/healthcare-management/working-with-your-doctor/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor.html. Updated November 2010. Accessed April 24, 2013.
Questions to ask your care provider. Childbirth website. Available at:
http://www.childbirth.org/articles/questions.html. Accessed April 24, 2013.
Last reviewed March 2014 by Andrea Chisholm, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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