To check to see if your insurance will cover your visit, it is best to contact the member service number on your insurance card. If you have questions about procedure codes that we use when sending a claim to your insurance company or if you have questions about a referral, please give us a call at 301.279.6060.
What insurance companies do Greater Washington Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Genetics participate with?gwmfmdev2022-05-26T19:11:14+00:00
We participate with most insurance companies. When scheduling your appointment please have your insurance card in hand so that we can confirm the name of your Insurance Company and your member ID number.
What do Genetic Counselors do?gwmfmdev2022-05-26T19:11:41+00:00
Preliminary results are typically available 2 to 3 days after the procedure. Final results from CVS/amniocentesis typically take 10-14 days. One of the genetic counselors will call you when these results are available.
What is the First Trimester Screening?gwmfmdev2022-05-23T13:12:14+00:00
The risk for a chromosome abnormality increases as women gets older. However, any pregnancy can be affected by a chromosome disorder. Therefore, pregnant women of all ages are encouraged to have a First Trimester Screen. Women who are over 35 years of age may also consider diagnostic testing through CVS or amniocentesis.
Do I still need another blood test after the First Trimester Screen?gwmfmdev2022-05-23T13:12:14+00:00
You may have your FTS blood test as early as 9-10 weeks gestation, allowing final results when you complete your nuchal translucency ultrasound in our office at 11-13 weeks. Please discuss this with the scheduler when making your appointment. If you prefer to only come to our office for one visit, you may come in at 11-13 weeks where we will complete your ultrasound and blood work on the same day. Results will then be available about 1 week after that appointment.
When can the gender of my baby be seen?gwmfmdev2022-05-26T19:13:01+00:00
Most of the time the gender of the baby can be seen at about 20 weeks of pregnancy and very often, much earlier with the high-tech sonogram machines that we use. On the other hand, visualization of any fetal part depends on a number of factors such as the fetal position. There are times when the gender is unable to be determined on a specific sonogram visit.
When will my obstetrician get a report of my sonogram and visit from your office?gwmfmdev2022-05-26T19:13:41+00:00
If you feel you need immediate emergency treatment you should call 911. Otherwise, you should always call your obstetrician first so that you can discuss your concerns with him/her. Your obstetrician may wish to call the Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician to discuss the issue, or have you call during business hours to schedule an appointment.
Will I always see a doctor at each visit?gwmfmdev2022-05-26T19:14:24+00:00
On some visits to our office, you will have the ultrasound exam performed by one of our certified sonographers and then the physician will visit with you to review and discuss the exam. At follow-up visits and some First Trimester Screen visits, you may often see the sonographer only. She will document the ultrasound images, pointing out the size, growth, movement, etc with you. Later, the physician will review the images and send a report to your obstetrician. Of course, if the sonographer sees anything during the exam that concerns her she will have the physician come into your room and review the sonogram.
We were referred to Greater Washington MFM at a scary time in our pregnancy journey, but the doctors, techs and staff were all wonderful and made us feel as comfortable as possible anytime we went in. We especially cannot speak highly enough about Dr. Pinckert- he provides optimism while also not beating around the bush. He spent time with us and answered every question we had (and trust me, there were lots!) I don’t typically write reviews for doctors, but my husband and I (and our baby!) are so thankful for him and the whole team at GWMFM!
I cannot tell you how grateful I have been for the practice's care. We had a finding on our anatomy scan - and this was the only practice that took the time to immediately answer my concerns and schedule me ASAP. The front desk, the sonographers, and providers have been some of the best caretakers I have ever met. I am so grateful for their kindness and expertise during a tough time. Dr. Pinckert walked me through the amio procedure seamlessly and very kindly- especially when I asked to not see the needle. I have been to both Silver Spring and Rockville's locations and received amazing care. I will always remember how the staff made me feel supported during such an overwhelming time. Thank you for all that you do for pregnant women!
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