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This 3D medical animation depicts an amniocentesis procedure. This is performed to let doctors detect or rule out problems with a baby’s health long before birth. An ultrasound is to create an image of the fetus and nearby structures on a computer screen, before choosing a safe place to insert the needle. A thin needle is then introduced through your abdominal wall, into your uterus, and into the amniotic sac to withdraw a small sample of amniotic fluid.