Take Home Messages

Most babies are born healthy regardless of a woman’s age, obstetric history or family history Prenatal testing is an option available to you. Ensure you have sufficient information about your options to make informed choices about testing Most women receive reassuring test results that provide peace of mind in their pregnancy. However, some women experience […]

Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening

Options for non-invasive prenatal screening are currently not covered by Alberta Health. This testing requires collection of a blood sample. There are currently two options for testing: Invitae Non-invasive Prenatal Screening This screening is completed in the United States with results available in approximately 14 days. Blood can be collected at  or after 10 weeks […]

Genetic Screening Options

First trimester screening is a genetic screening test that must be completed between 11 weeks and 13weeks 6 days of pregnancy. The combined screening involves a blood sample and the ultrasound. Please click on the link below for more information on these tests First trimester screening

Dating Ultrasound

This ultrasound is frequently completed around 7.5-10 weeks of pregnancy to determine/confirm how many weeks pregnant you are. This ultrasound is often required if you would like to have the Combined First Trimester Screen. During this ultrasound, the crown-rump length (CRL) is measured to determine your expected date of delivery (EDD). This date is accurate […]

Ultrasound Options / Genetic Screening

Families face many choices in pregnancy, including options for prenatal ultrasound and genetic screening. The decision to proceed with any prenatal ultrasounds and genetic testing is personal and each family is encouraged to review all options so that they can make an informed choice about the options they wish to pursue. The standard of care […]

Nausea and Vomiting In Pregnancy

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy affects many pregnant women and can occur at any time of day. Nausea typically starts around 7 weeks as a result of the increase of beta-hCG (the pregnancy hormone)and can be worse when B vitamins are low. B vitamins are depleted with use of hormone based birth control. Lack of […]

Initial Visit

An initial visit will be booked for around 10 weeks of pregnancy. This visit will be 1 hour long and will include: Overview of MIdwifery Care Completion of the prenatal record Personal medical and surgical history Medications and Allergy review Family medical history Ethnic and Hereditary Risk Factors Physical examination Blood Pressure Weight Fetal heart […]