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Prenatal Screening and Genetic Counseling

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UC San Diego Health is nationally recognized for its screening for chromosomal abnormalities and other birth defects. Board-certified maternal-fetal medicine specialists, medical geneticists, genetic counselors, radiologists and other specialists provide prenatal and genetic counseling regarding amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and ultrasound findings to patients and families.

We are also accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine in both obstetric ultrasound and fetal echocardiography. (See ultrasound schedule for a typical pregnancy.)

Our services are available for both low-risk and high-risk pregnancies, and can be used in a coordinated approach from pre-conception to birth.

Genetic Counseling

Counseling is available for:

  • Couples who wish to review their family history and screening options before conception
  • Women who will be age 35 or above (age 33 or above with a twin pregnancy) at the time of delivery
  • Women whose prenatal screening results and/or ultrasound demonstrate an increased risk for birth defects or chromosome abnormality
  • Individuals who are carriers of a genetic disease or may have an increased risk of carrying specific genetic disorders
  • Individuals with a family history of intellectual disability, birth defects, genetic conditions, chromosome abnormalities
  • Couples with a history of multiple unexplained miscarriages or infertility
  • Women who have a condition that may put the pregnancy at an increased risk for birth defects (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy)
  • Women who have been exposed to an environmental agent that may put their baby at an increased risk for birth defects (e.g. alcohol, Accutane)

Prenatal Screening

  • First- and second-trimester genetic screening, including nuchal translucency (NT) ultrasound in conjunction with blood tests offered by the California Prenatal Screening Program
  • Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
  • Amniocentesis
  • Ultrasound screenings, including level II fetal anatomy ultrasound
  • Chromosomal microarray
  • Carrier screening

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