Genetic Testing

A Woman’s View offers comprehensive prenatal genetic testing options that can provide important information about your baby’s health. Based on your age, medical history and other factors, your clinician will assess what risks could affect your pregnancy and discuss genetic testing options that may provide you with important information.

For some genetic tests, the procedure itself may involve risks, such as the potential for false positives or a slightly increased risk of miscarriage. Your clinician can help you evaluate the risks and benefits of genetic testing.

We offer pregnant patients the following tests:

  • Verifi – Screens for the most common chromosomal abnormalities, which can cause serious birth defects, intellectual disability or other problems in the baby. These disorders are not typically inherited. Instead, they are usually caused by a random error during formation of the egg or sperm, or during the earliest stages of the baby’s development. This test will also tell you the sex of your baby, if you want to know.
  • Cystic Fibrosis screening – Determines whether mother is a carrier of the CF gene. If the mother is positive, screening can be done on the father for free.
  • AFP (AlphaFetoprotein) and sequential testing for open neural tube defects (such as spina bifida or anencephaly), Down syndrome and trisomy 18.
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