What is an obstetric ultrasound?
Obstetric ultrasound refers to the specialized use of sound waves to visualize and determine the condition of a pregnant woman and her embryo or fetus.
Why do you perform ultrasound examinations?
The Level 1 basic ultrasound exam, performed at WPC, is limited to determining the following:
- Confirm pregnancy
- Detect fetal heart beat
- Determine fetal age
- Determine due date
- Confirm whether the pregnancy is intrauterine
WPC does not perform level 2 or higher ultrasounds to detect congenital or organ abnormalities. A referral can be given for a comprehensive ultrasound.
Who will conduct the ultrasound?
Obstetric ultrasound examinations will be provided by either the staff doctor (OB/GYN), nurse practitioners, or nurses who are trained in limited obstetrical ultrasound. All medical staff report directly to WPC’s medical director, who reviews every client’s chart.
How should I prepare for an ultrasound?
You should drink an 8oz glass of water soon before your arrival and refrain from urinating until the ultrasound has been performed. You should wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing for the examination.