An obstetric panel is a group of blood tests done to check the health of a woman before and during early pregnancy. The results of these tests can help find certain problems during the pregnancy. They can also help guide any treatment needed for a woman during pregnancy or for a baby immediately after birth.
Reference Blood type Opens New Window, Reference antibody Opens New Window screening, and a Reference complete blood count (CBC) Opens New Window are all part of an obstetric panel. Your doctor can check to see if you have Reference Rh Opens New Window-negative blood. If you have Rh-negative blood and your baby has Rh-positive blood, this is called Reference Rh incompatibility Opens New Window. Although it is not known for sure what the baby's blood type is, steps can be taken to prevent problems caused by the incompatibility.
Other tests in the panel show if an infection such as Reference syphilis Opens New Window or Reference hepatitis B Opens New Window is present. Another test can show if you are immune to Reference rubella Opens New Window, also known as German measles. You may also be tested to see if you are infected with Reference human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) Opens New Window.
For more information, see the topics:
- Reference Blood Type.
- Reference Antibody Screen.
- Reference Complete Blood Count (CBC).
- Reference Syphilis.
- Reference Hepatitis B.
- Reference Rubella.
- Reference Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 4, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics