New, Highly-Advanced Prenatal Tests Help Identify Problems Early, Says Westchester Health’s Navid Mootabar, MD

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Prenatal Care, Using New Innovative Testing Methods, Is Increasingly An Essential Part Of A Healthy Pregnancy

Dr. Navid Mootabar, Westchester Health Associates OB/GYN, Praises Breakthrough Advances in Prenatal Testing For Early Identification Of Possible Problems

Katonah, NY, May 18, 2015 — The long nine months of pregnancy can be an anxious time for many parents, especially first-timers, wondering if their baby is healthy and progressing normally. Now, thanks to recent improvements and breakthroughs in science and technology, parents and doctors alike can breathe a little easier, says a recent Record-Review article featuring Navid Mootabar, MD, FACOG, chairman of the department of gynecology and obstetrics at Northern Westchester Hospital of Mount Kisco and an OB/GYN with Westchester Health Associates.

“Prenatal care is a very important part of pregnancy,” Dr. Mootabar told The Record-Review. “From my standpoint it’s very satisfying to take care of somebody for nine months, guide them through a healthy pregnancy and be able to deliver a healthy baby into a happy environment. Unfortunately sometimes problems do arise during a pregnancy and we address them and take care of them as best as possible.”

New tests now provide highly-detailed fetal monitoring

In practice for 11 years, Mootabar noted, “The fundamentals of prenatal care haven’t changed, which is giving preventative care to identify problems during a pregnancy.” What has changed during his 11 years  in the field, he said, are the new tests that are available, particularly better and more accurate ultrasounds and less invasive testing for genetic diseases.

For example, a blood test can predict with more than 99% accuracy the appearance of Down syndrome and has virtually replaced the amniocentesis, “which is the needle we passed through a woman’s belly,” Dr. Mootabar explained. That procedure carries the risk of a miscarriage but “now with the new blood test, there’s lower risk of any issues,” he said. “That’s one of the major revolutionary changes in the last few years, this blood test,” identifying not only Down syndrome but other chromosomal abnormalities as well.

Access to medical care for mother and child is paramount for the best outcome

“With better technology of ultrasound machines over the past decade, we’ve done a much better job of monitoring the well-being of the baby,” Dr. Mootabar said. “We’ve been able to detect problems in an earlier stage and treat them more accurately, like preterm labor.”

Preconception counseling: focusing on the parents’ health even before conception

Dicussing pregnancy shouldn’t wait until you are pregnant, advised Dr. Mootabar. “Preconception counseling starts before you’re pregnant to consider becoming pregnant. Come sit down with your doctor and identify any risk factors that we can decrease before pregnancy, like starting a healthy diet and exercise routine.” Preparing to have a baby, Dr. Mootabar explained, entails more than prenatal care, stressing that “preconception counseling is important.”

To read The Record-Review article in its entirety, please click here.

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