What is a fetal echocardiogram?

Echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart and a fetal echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the baby’s heart. It really is like the same type of ultrasound that you have during your OB visit but I’m focusing much more, specifically looking at the heart. I don’t look at how the baby’s growing, I’m not looking […]

Birth Defects – What Causes Birth Defects?

We know the cause for some birth defects, but for most, we don’t. That’s because we think most birth defects are caused by a complex mix of factors. There are some factors that can increase the chance of having a baby with a birth defect. These are called “risk factors,” and include smoking, drinking alcohol, […]

16 Bizarre Birth Defects

Black Fly Presents 16 Bizarre Birth Defects Number One: Infant Roona Begum from Tripura India was conceived with Hydrocephalus. Her head developed up to 94 centimeters in circumference and she went through treatment and surgery. Hydrocephalus is an uncommon issue otherwise called “water on the brain.” It is regular in newborn children however it can […]

Marijuana – Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

– This changes everything. When you find out you’re going to have a baby, suddenly you know it’s time to be more careful with yourself and say goodbye to risky things like using marijuana. Because the chemical THC can cause serious problems with brain development, and growth or even pre-term birth, or still birth. And […]

Veterans and Epilepsy: Basic Training: Women’s Issues

(gentle music) Joanna: I joined the Navy at 18. I went to bootcamp, I went to A-school. And I was attached to the USNS Comfort. I started having seizures at 19. And they gave me a medical discharge for my epilepsy. I was devastated. I didn’t know what to do, my career had ended before […]

Support from the Start — Special Delivery Unit — Children’s Hospital of Phila (3 of 5)

>>UPON REFERRAL TO THE CENTER FOR FETAL DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT, FAMILIES ARE SEEN FOR A ONE-DAY COMPREHENSIVE EVALUATION.>>THEY GET ALL OF THEIR IMAGING DONE IN ONE DAY.>>HER ULTRASOUND, HER FETAL ECHOCARDIOGRAM, HER ULTRAFAST FETAL MRI– >>SO AT THE END OF THE INITIAL CONSULTATION DAY, FAMILIES SIT DOWN WITH THE MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM, AND THEY’RE GIVEN THE […]

Infections and Birth Defects (NIH, 1966)

[A woman walks up to a medical clinic.] [Narrator:] Today in the United States, one pregnancy in five fails to produce a living, healthy child 126,000 mentally retarded children are born each year. Millions more suffer from various defects. Infections are among the preventable causes of abortions, stillbirths, and damaged infants. Research on the relationship […]

Advances in Non-invasive Prenatal Testing

(Music) With today’s new technologies, new moms have a lot of options to get some insight into their developing baby’s genetic health. How do we know which prenatal screenings are right for us? Here with Today’s report is Amber Milt. More than 4 million babies are born in this country each year, and a majority […]

Folic Acid and You: Your Healthy Pregnancy

♫ Mango Madness Smoothie 1 small banana 1/2 cup mango 1/2 cup pineapple 3/4 cup orange juice Ice Blend ♫♫♫ Take a multivitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid every day. Give your vitamin intake a boost by enjoying this healthy smoothie. Enjoy!

Amniocentesis (Amniotic Fluid Test)

Amniocentesis is a procedure that lets doctors detect or rule out problems with your baby’s health long before birth. In the uterus your baby is surrounded by amniotic fluid that provides protection and nourishment. Floating in the fluid are cells from your baby providing doctors with genetic material for testing. In amniocentesis, your doctor will […]