Normal and High-risk pregnancies
Antenatal counselling is a technique of assessing the presence of genetic disorders in an unborn child. Antenatal counselling is done in individuals with a family history of genetic disorders. It is recommended for pregnant women and also in couples who are planning to have a baby. If any birth defect is detected antenatally, your paediatric surgeon will discuss the treatment plan for the problems your newborn might have. Through antenatal counselling your doctor will help you understand the condition and educate you on how to prepare for care of the child having birth defect. The antenatal screening will reveal the possibility of unborn baby developing genetic disorders.
Pregnant women who suffer from a heart disease are at high risk of delivering a child with heart defects. Therefore, a multidisciplinary team comprised of obstetrician, cardiologist, anaesthetist, neonatologist, and intensivist will assess the heart condition and perform certain appropriate diagnostic tests to identify the defect.
Various diagnostic tests are performed to assess the genetic conditions and they include:
Antenatal counselling helps the parents to understand the problem after the condition is diagnosed and also to decide whether the baby can be treated in the womb itself or choose a place of delivery which will have the necessary care. Foetal heart problems such as rhythm abnormalities can be treated in the womb by providing medications to the pregnant mother.