You wish to know whether your child is going to come into the world in good health. Various examination procedures exist here. The basis for all examinations is ultrasound, through which the majority of childhood malformations are discernible. Ultrasound carries no health risks for mother or baby. At our clinic, the examination is carried out by physicians with DEGUM II qualifications. These are doctors that have been assessed and designated by the German association for ultrasound in medicine (www.degum.de), which regularly appraises their qualifications and training. Furthermore, our clinic is certified by FMF Germany and London (Fetal Medicine Foundation) for carrying out screening examinations during the first trimester.
Further examination methods such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling serve to rule out chromosomal disorders such as trisomy 21 (Down's syndrome). However, both examination procedures are associated with a risk of miscarriage of 0.5-1%.
Whilst the likelihood of almost all childhood malformations is independent of the mother's age, the risk of chromosomal disorders (e.g. trisomy 21) does increase with the age of the mother. For many years this fact has led to women over the age of 35 being advised to opt for an amniocentesis.
Modern examination methods afford us the opportunity of calculating your personal risk of chromosomal disorders and other malformations at an early stage in pregnancy, in order that we can provide you with targeted advice.