Obstetric Panel - Topic Overview
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.
antibody screening, and a
complete blood count (CBC) are all part of an
obstetric panel. Your doctor can check to see if you have
Rh-negative blood. If you have Rh-negative blood and
your baby has Rh-positive blood, this is called
Rh incompatibility. Although it is not known for sure
what the baby's blood type is, steps can be taken to prevent problems caused by
Other tests in the panel show if an infection
hepatitis B is present. Another test can show if you
are immune to
rubella, also known as German measles. You may also be
tested to see if you are infected with
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
more information, see the medical tests:
If the term "w/reflex" is listed in your test results, this
means that the blood test was repeated to confirm a positive result on your
first obstetric panel test.