Explaining Options for Prenatal Screening and Diagnostic Testing

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baby in the womb With so many options for prenatal screening and diagnostic testing, moms-to-be can easily feel overwhelmed by what there is to learn about their baby even before they’re born. A recent article in County Lines Magazine written by experts from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia focuses on helping expecting mothers manage the information they are given.

In the article, Julie Moldenhauer, MD, Medical Director of the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit, and Erica Schindewolf, MS, CGC, Certified Genetic Counselor in the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, explain some of the many different prenatal screening and diagnostic tests available to pregnant women, and what information these tests can provide.

Topics covered include ultrasound, first trimester screening, non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS), chorionic villus sampling (CVS), amniocentesis, and screening for the Zika virus. They also discuss how your healthcare providers, including genetic counselors, can help you make a decision that is right for you and your partner.