Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is an amniocentesis?

An amniocentesis is a test that removes a small amount of fluid from the sac around the baby to look for fetal genetic chromosomal abnormalities, fetal infections and fetal lung maturity.
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Q: Are there any special instructions before having my amniocentesis?


Q: After my amniocentesis are there any special instructions?

It is ok to do light activities on the day of the amniocentesis. You may walk, use the stairs, shower and eat.

Q: How long will the amniocentesis take?

The procedure itself takes just one minute, however, plan on your visit being about 30 minutes.

Q: How long will it takes to receive the results?

Results take 3 - 7 days. The results are sent by the laboratory to your doctor's office who will inform you of the results.

Q: Who do I contact about a bill from New Beginnings Perinatal Center?

You should call the office at 718-745-6500, and ask to speak to someone about your bill.

Q: Why did I receive a Bill from the Laboratory?

We use several laboratories for testing of blood and genetic material. Sunrise, Integrated Genetics, Quest and Wyckoff just to name a few. If we draw your blood or perform an amniocentesis in the office we charge a fee for drawing the blood only. The laboratory who actually performs the testing of the blood will bill separate for their service(s).

Q: Who do I contact about a bill I received from a laboratory?

Most laboratories provide you with a number to call somewhere on thier bill. Most laboratories also provide a web site to assist you with your payments and/or questions. We have listed the "billing questions" phone number for our most common labs below.

Intergrated Genetics: 1-800-447-8881 (formerly known as Genzyme Labs)
Quest Labs: 1-866-865-2805
Sunrise Labs: 1-800-487-1686
Wyckoff Labs: 718-963-6100

Q: What about Co-Payments?

Copayments are a way of cost sharing to reduce health insurance premiums. Most insurances require a co-pay at each visit. If you have a co-pay requirement we ask that you pay the co-pay before being seen by the provider.

Q: What about deductibles?

Deductibles are another form of cost sharing, but usually associated with higher fees. If we are able to determine what your deductable is (the amount you have not met at the time of your visit) we will ask you for payment at the time of service.

Q: How do I schedule an appointment?

Patients are seen by referral only from your primary obstetrician/gynecologist. Your primary doctor will provide you with a slip (referral) which has a indication and diagnosis so we can schedule your visit appropriately. Your physician may also fax us the referral, but we must have the referral before you can be seen. If you are already a patient and need a follow-up appointment, you may call our main number 718-745-6500 and we will be happy to assist you.

When should I arrive for my appointment?

For your first appointment we ask that you arrive one-half hour early to complete the registration process. Please open The New Patient Packet, complete the forms and bring them with you. Remember to bring your insurance card and referral too. Completing these forms prior to your visit will help ensure a smooth and timely visit. You may also fax these documents in advance of your visit to 718-745-6862. This will help speed up the registration process and make your visit more comfortable.

Q: What should I bring with me?

You must bring the referral form from your primary obstetrician/gynecologist; we will not see you without this form. Please note "How do I schedule an appointment" above. You should bring the "New Patient Packet" forms with you. You will also need to bring positive identification (picture) and current insurance information. Effective December 18, 2010 a new law was enacted to help prevent identity theft. The law requires us to positively identify you by picture identification, current health insurance card and utility bill or other correspondence showing current residence if the photo ID does not show the patients current address.

Q: How many people can I bring to my ultrasound appointment?

We ask that you limit your guests to two people. Please remember that personal information may be discussed at your examination. Space is limited in the examination rooms and too many guests distracts from the exam. We would also like to remind you that these visits can be long and tedious to small children who may become bored and disruptive. It is imperative that if you bring a child, you bring an adult to care for him/her. It may be necessary to reschedule your appointment if you do not have appropriate supervision for small children.

Q: What should I wear?

You should wear loose comfortable clothing that is easy to remove.

Q: Can I videotape and/or take pictures of the ultrasound?

No. Taking pictures distracts from the focus of the examination we are doing for you. Our sonographers have the ability to take pictures through the examination process and would be happy to provide you with pictures of your baby before you leave.

Q: Do I have to drink a lot of water?

Good news, "NO". Our equipment coupled with the sonographers experience allows you to have a more comfortable exam without all that water! If you did drink a lot of liquids and need to urinate, please do so before the exam begins.

Q: Can I tell the sex of my baby?

Yes. This is dependent on the age (minimum 15 weeks), and position of the baby.

Q: When will my primary physician receive the ultrasound report?

Same or next day.

Q: How long will my ultrasound visit take?

Each exam is different based on a number of variables. On average your exam could take from 30 minutes to one hour. Our goal is to provide the best examination possible for you and your baby so the physicians have the appropriate information with which to make a diagnosis. One more note about the length of your visit. We often times see emergencies throughout the day. This sometimes pushes our schedule back so you may have to wait a little longer to be seen. We want you to rest assured that "running behind" will never compromise the carefull attention to detail in your examination.

Q: Why Did another patient get seen before me?

Our Center offers various types of services. Not all individuals come to us for Ultrasound. In our practice, this is especially true on Monday's, Wednesday's and Saturday's. Each service has it's own schedule and personnal. Because of these various schedules, individuals who arrive after you, may be called to be seen before you. When this happens it is understandable how you would get the impression that people are not being taken in order, or that you may have been forgotten. Please be assured the staff makes every effort to ensure patients are seen in order of their service and appointment time. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to check with the staff at the front desk, they will be happy to help you.

Q. What is genetic counseling?

A Genetic Counselor has had specific training in genetics. He/she will review your genetic risks in pregnancy and explain the benefits or limitations of available testing. He/she will help you decide if testing is right for your family.

Q. What is the Nuchal Translucency or Fold?

We are asked this question often. In simple terms the nuchal translucency (NT) or Fold is a sonographic measurement of a specific area on the back of the baby's neck to screen for birth defects. For more detailed information please click on the link below.