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Forsyth Medical Center

Prenatal assessment

The health of the mother and baby are first and foremost at the Novant Health

If you are a woman considering conceiving or in the midst of a pregnancy, you deserve the best prenatal care in the region. This exciting time of planning and expecting is managed with thoughtful navigation and easy-access to resources.

Prenatal care

To ensure a healthy and prepared experience, prenatal care begins with education and counseling. Being informed early-on can lead to a healthier pregnancy and a healthier baby.

For the best prenatal care for the mother and developing baby, the Novant Health Maya Angelou Women's Health & Wellness Center at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center recommends regular physical exams, which can include prenatal screening tests for the baby, weight and blood measurement for the expecting mother, and monitoring of the growth and development of the baby.

The health of the mother and baby is the number one priority at the Maya Angelou Women's Health & Wellness Center. Our excellent obstetric services include a prenatal assessment and state-of-the-art ultrasounds. Our advanced medical programs are customized to help you understand and to explain the difficulties and challenges during pregnancy and the potential special needs of the infant. We provide peace-of-mind and will answer all of your questions to insure a safe pregnancy and a healthy newborn infant.

We can help you make the wise choice about prenatal testing through our Prenatal Assessment Center at the Maya Angelou Women's Health & Wellness Center to identify factors that could endanger your unborn baby or your own health, as well as reassure those with a baby that might be at risk.

Services provided:

  • First trimester screen
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
  • Amniocentesis
  • High-resolution transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasound
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • Fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Fetoscopy
  • Cordocentesis
  • Consultation/collaboration with the Center for Human Genetics.
  • 3D and 4D ultrasound, multiplanar reconstruction, and bidirectional, color Doppler flow-mapping
High-risk Pregnancies

High-risk pregnancies can develop in two ways. First, there are factors that can be present before a woman becomes pregnant that can cause a high-risk pregnancy. These include maternal age (younger or older than typical), being overweight or underweight, previous problems with pregnancy, and pre-existing health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or HIV. Problems can also develop during the course of pregnancy that make it high risk. These conditions include pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm labor, and other medical conditions.

There shouldn't be any need for alarm when it comes to possible high-risk pregnancies. We put the mother at ease and provide the best care available in these cases. On-site, there is a 20-bed antepartum area where we provide valuable care to women who experience complications during their pregnancy and need to be monitored closely.