When routine prenatal tests detect a possible health issue with your unborn child, you might want to consider more advanced testing to be sure of the diagnosis.
This information can help your health care team manage fetal conditions during your pregnancy, or investigate possible in-utero treatment options.
It also means that you and your health care team can better prepare for the delivery of a child with a health problem that might need intervention immediately upon birth.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Services offer a full spectrum of both screening and diagnostic tests to evaluate the health of the fetus, placenta, umbilical cord and uterine environment and predict the likelihood of genetic problems.
Screening tests are less invasive, but only predict the likelihood of a problem.
Diagnostic tests are more invasive, but can actually confirm a problem suspected after screening.
Before any tests, we will thoroughly discuss the potential risks, benefits and possible fetal conditions with you.
Ultimately, the decision to pursue prenatal testing is up to you. You should discuss the risks and benefits with your health care provider. You might also meet with our genetic counselor for a more thorough evaluation.
Our genetic counselor can help you understand:
Taking the time to evaluate your options will help you make the best decision for you and your baby.
If you would like to schedule a testing appointment, please call us at 425.899.2200.
For more information, and to best prepare you for a discussion with your provider, please first watch this video, created by our own genetic counselors.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Services
EvergreenHealth Medical Center - Tan 240
Appointments are available Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4pm.