7. Will the needle hurt the baby?
By using ultrasound during the procedure the doctor is able to place the needle to be inserted in a position away from the baby causing it no harm.
8. Will the procedure be repeated?
The procedure is usually done once. Very rarely, the procedure is repeated again. It usually happens when the doctor is unable to obtain enough fluid on the first attempt, or when the laboratory is unable to make an analysis of the fluid.
9. Where will the tests be one, do I need to get admitted?
No, normally there is no need to get admitted. The procedure is done usually on an out-patient basis unless there is some associated problem with the pregnancy.
10. What will the tests tell me about the baby?
The procedure tells us about birth defects, if there are any neural tube defects, chromosomal abnormalities. Genetic analysis through this is highly accurate but occasionally results may not be obtained.
11. How long does the results take to be available?
The result usually takes 2-3 weeks.
12. How accurate is this procedure?
The procedure is fairly accurate however a normal amniocentesis does not guarantee a normal baby. Please also remember that not all birth defects can be detected by these tests.