Genetic testing is optional and is offered to every patient. A patient’s personal or family history may lead your doctor to recommend certain tests.
First Trimester Screening is a test offered starting at 11 weeks to determine your baby’s risk for Down’s Syndrome as well as certain spinal cord defects. This testing is optional and can be performed if you and your doctor decide to proceed.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF): 1st visit
CF is a lifelong illness that causes problems with digestion and breathing. CF is a genetic disorder that is usually diagnosed in the first years of life. Testing is available to determine whether a person is at increased risk for giving birth to a child who will have CF. You have a pamphlet from Mayo Clinic in your welcome bag further explaining this test. You will be
required to sign a consent form if you do or
do not wish to have this test. Check with your insurance plan to see if this is a covered benefit.
Quad Screen: 16-22 weeks
AFP is a test available to women in early pregnancy to help identify those at risk of having a baby with certain birth defects. This test is optional and is done between 16-20 weeks of pregnancy. You have a pamphlet from Mayo Clinic in your welcome bag further explaining this test. You will be required to sign a consent form indicating if you do or do not wish to have this test. It usually takes about 7 days for the test results to return. Check with your insurance plan to see if this is a covered benefit.
Other genetic testing could be recommended based upon family history and could include genetic counseling, ultrasound or amniocentesis.