Ensuring a Healthy Pregnancy

Dr. Mirela Cernaianu at Hera Health Care watches over the health of mothers and their babies, providing complete care from conception through delivery. In addition to regular prenatal checkups and monitoring your baby’s development, Dr. C. offers unique services like 3D ultrasound and cord blood banking. Call her office in the Westlake Village area of Thousand Oaks, California, or schedule an appointment online as soon as you suspect, or know, that you’re pregnant.

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What is a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy means that one or more issues exist that put the health of the mother and/or the baby at risk. The risk could affect the pregnancy, or there may be a higher chance of complications during or after delivery.

The most common causes of a high-risk pregnancy include:

  • Mother’s age is 35 or older
  • Mother’s age is 15 or younger
  • Multiple babies
  • Baby has birth defects
  • History of giving birth to a baby with birth defects
  • Prior low birth weight baby
  • Prior premature delivery
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Underlying medical conditions: diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, thyroid disease, anemia, infection

What is a 3D Ultrasound?

Parents always look forward to getting the first ultrasound of their baby. Routine two-dimensional ultrasounds are routinely done in the second trimester to assess the baby’s growth and development, to verify a due date, and to determine the baby’s sex.
Dr. C. also offers three-dimensional, or 3D ultrasound. As the ultrasound captures multiple 2D images, they’re translated by the computer into a 3D image that’s nearly as clear as a real photograph. With 3D ultrasound, you see the baby’s skin and a realistic shape that illustrates the baby’s features.

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

Yes, we offer Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing, also known as NIPT or NIPS. This test uses your blood in order to tell you certain things such as the sex of the baby as well as look for chromosomal abnormalities, specifically related to Down’s Syndrome.

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What genetic testing is performed?

Genetic screening using blood work and ultrasound indicates whether your baby has a higher risk of genetic disorders. Parents may also choose to have carrier screening done before or during pregnancy to determine if they carry genes for inherited disorders.

If screening indicates a potential concern, or if you have a family history of genetic disorders, you may decide to get genetic testing. Genetic testing determines whether your baby actually has a genetic disorder.

Choosing to have a genetic test is a personal and often a difficult decision, because genetic tests such as amniocentesis (withdrawing amniotic fluid) and chorionic villus sampling (taking a tissue sample from the placenta) carry some risks. Dr. C. is with you every step of the way, offering information, support, and guidance

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What is cord blood banking?

Cord blood refers to blood that’s in the umbilical cord after a baby is born. This blood contains hematopoietic stem cells, which are immature cells that can develop into any type of blood cell. These special cells can be banked and then used in the future to treat more than 70 different diseases, including genetic disorders, immune system disorders, and leukemia.

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