Perinatal Testing

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Make an Appointment for Perinatal Testing

To make an appointment, please call:

  • Mercy Hospital: (716) 828-3650 
  • Sisters Hospital: (716) 862-1506

You’ll need to know which test you need and a prescription from your doctor. 

Locations

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
565 Abbott Road
Buffalo, NY 14220

Sisters of Charity Hospital
2157 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214


Monitoring the Health of Mom & Baby

Throughout your pregnancy, several tests are required to monitor your baby’s health and check for or manage medical complications.

You may receive your tests at your OB/GYN or midwife’s office, or if your provider doesn’t offer a needed test, you may be referred to a fetal testing center, such as those listed above.

You can be tested at our fetal testing units no matter where you plan to deliver your baby. We will communicate the results of your test(s) to your provider as soon as possible.

Below is a brief overview of the tests offered at Sisters Hospital and Mercy Hospital:

Test What It Does When It is Given
Common for All Pregnancies
First Trimester Screening

Includes a maternal blood test and an ultrasound

Estimates the risk for Down’s Syndrome & chromosomal abnormalities Between 11 and 14 weeks
Ultrasound Determines the gestational age & fetal growth and well-being  First, second and third trimesters
Biophysical Profile (BPP)

Includes an ultrasound, non-stress test, and amniotic fluid index

Evaluates the health of the fetus by monitoring activity, body and breathing movements, fetal tone, and amniotic fluid levels Third trimester, or by 32 to 34 weeks for a high-risk pregnancy
Ordered When Needed
Non-Stress Test (NST) Uses external fetal monitors to track the baby’s heart rate and measure uterine contractions. It is performed when there is suspicion that the placenta may not be functioning well. Last trimester of pregnancy, or by 32 to 34 weeks for a high-risk pregnancy
Fetal Echocardiography

Includes ultrasound

Studies the baby’s heart in detail and is ordered when a heart defect is suspected Between 20 and 22 weeks
Amniocentesis

Includes ultrasound

Tests for genetic disorders such as Down’s Syndrome or birth defects such as Spina Bifida Between 15 and 20 weeks for women who are at an increased risk of chromosome abnormalities, such as women who are over the age of 35 or who have had an abnormal maternal serum screening test

What to Bring to Your Appointment

Please bring your prescription, your insurance card, and your license ID. Your copay is due at time of service.

Visitors

Your appointment with the Perinatal Testing Unit is for a technical medical procedure that requires the concentration of our ultrasound technicians and nurses.

Up to two visitors are allowed to accompany you in the exam room.

We request that you do not bring children under the age of 10. If children accompany you, an adult must watch them in the waiting room while you undergo testing. If you have questions about this policy, please call before your appointment.

Length of Appointment

Although testing time can vary by procedure, your testing will probably take about one hour.

Consultations

We offer consultations for high-risk pregnancies, multiple gestation, previous pregnancy loss, and advanced maternal age.

If you suspect that your pregnancy is at risk for complications, please contact us to make an appointment.