Antepartum testing is used to verify the health and well-being of your baby before he/she is born. Typically, testing is performed after 32 weeks of pregnancy so that you, your partner and your physician can be aware of challenges that may require further testing or immediate delivery. Antepartum testing is also used in high-risk pregnancies to evaluate the risk or presence of specific birth defects. The results of antepartum testing reflect the adequacy of blood flow (and oxygen delivery) to the baby from the placenta. Antepartum tests provided by St.Vincent Women's Hospital include:
- Nonstress test (NST) – monitors are placed on your abdomen to record fetal heart rate and uterine activity.
- Biophysical profile – uses ultrasound to evaluate the baby for movement, muscle tone, breathing activity and amniotic fluid volume and provides information about the baby’s well-being during a one-week time period.
For more information, please contact the Center for Prenatal Diagnosis at (317) 415-8070 or the Maternal Fetal Medicine and Genetics Center at (317) 415-8100.