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This FAQ has been prepared for your information. It addresses some frequently asked questions and concerns about antenatal testing.

Why am I being tested?

Your physician has sent you for fetal assessment so that we can check on your baby’s health. This enables your physician to provide you and your baby with optimal care.

What is fetal assessment testing?

The testing performed at the Fetal Assessment Center includes:

  1. Nonstress Testing
  2. Amniotic Fluid Index
  3. Doppler Evaluation
  4. Sonographic Fetal Activity Assessment

How long will these tests usually take?

You should plan on most tests taking between 1 and 1 ½ hours.

Non-stress testing, however, is a shorter process lasting between 20 and 40 minutes. You will be placed in a comfortable reclining chair for this test while a fetal monitor is placed on your abdomen, allowing us to hear and record the fetal heart rate.

Which patients are candidates for fetal assessment testing?

Some common reasons your physician may order this testing for you are:

  • Decreased fetal movement
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Past due date
  • Pre-term labor

Will my insurance company cover the cost associated with fetal assessment testing?

Most insurance companies cover the cost of the fetal assessment testing. If you have questions please contact your insurance carrier directly. If we can be of any assistance, please feel free to call our billing office at 764-0148.

Where can I obtain more information about fetal assessment?

If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask us during your appointment or call us at 217-3400.

Can I bring my children to my  visit?

To maintain the health and safety of your child(ten) and family no children under the age of 15 will be allowed into our clinical areas. PANM sincerely apologizes for the any inconvenience that this may cause you and your family. If you need to reschedule your appointment due to this policy please contact our office. Should you have any questions please let us know.


I was referred to Perinatal Associates due to Advanced Maternal Age so my first initial appointment was pretty lengthy having met with a Genetic Counselor and then the ultrasound and consult w/ a doctor to follow. I learned things I wasn’t even aware of and may seem scary to some people, but I found that the information given was very helpful for future planning. The Providers and staff were very knowledgeable, kind, understanding and caring! I’m grateful that I didn’t have any real complications other than my age, but if I did I am confident that Perinatal Associates would have held my hand and yours should you need it through any uncertainties, time of need and/ or difficulties. The entire staff is amazing from the Front office all the way up to the Providers.

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OUR MISSION: At Perinatal Associates of New Mexico, we provide the finest obstetrical care available to women during their pregnancy, assisting them with any medical complications that arise to ensure the best possible outcome for both mother and baby.