Prenatal Testing options
Non-Invasive Prenatal testing
This testing is available for women over 35 yrs of age or with known or suspected family history of gentic defects.
During pregnancy, some of the baby’s DNA crosses the placenta into the mother’s bloodstream. DNA is the blueprint of life—it holds all of the genetic information needed for our bodies to function. DNA carries this genetic information on chromosomes. Healthy humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes. Any more or less can lead to problems.
For this test, a sample of your blood is drawn during office hours and the DNA from you and your baby is analyzed. The test checks for chromosomal abnormalities that could affect the baby’s health.