Genetic screening is a type of testing that’s done during pregnancy to screen an unborn fetus for certain birth defects. The process looks for changes in chromosomes, genes, and proteins that indicate potential health issues. There are several tests that may be performed, including Nuchal Translucency, Cell-Free DNA (Harmony) and AFP (Alpha Fetal Protein). Most genetic screening is optional.
All expecting parents are welcome to have genetic screening performed. Many decide to so that they can learn more about the health condition of their unborn child. If there aren’t abnormalities, genetic screening can ease worries. If an unborn fetus has a birth defect, finding out sooner can help parents prepare.
In certain situations, a doctor might recommend genetic screening. If either parent has a family history of a hereditary disease, there is an increased chance that the child will also have the disorder. Doctors and parents might want to determine if the child will have the disorder before the child is born.
Additionally, people of certain ethnicities are at an increased chance of having certain health issues. Genetic screening can determine if the child will be born with some of these conditions. Some ethnicities are also prone to certain health issues.
Some health insurance policies provide coverage for certain genetic screenings, but not all insurance plans cover all screening tests. To find out if their plan provides coverage for genetic screening, patients should contact their insurance provider or the North Pointe office.
At North Pointe OB/GYN, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here.
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"I have been with North Pointe OB/Gyn for awhile now . All the doctors, midwives, nurses, front desk /back desk nurses, ultrasound tech are all friendly..."
"Dr. Lambert was truly amazing when I went into labor. We had a VBAC plan and he was incredibly patient, even though labor took a total of 36 hours. He didn't give up.."
"Dr. Lambert and her staff get to know everyone by first name and they listen to everything you tell them. They give awesome advice..."
"I have been a patient of Dr. Lambert for 13yrs. Dr.Lambert delivered my son and my daughter was born by a midwife at his practice 3 yrs ago. They are all great!"
"I have been with NPOBGYN last 5 years and I love Dr. Walsh and the whole practice!"
"Great place. Staff is very professional and extremely friendly"
"I remember my very first visit at North Pointe in 2012 when I had a miscarriage. My heart was broken but Dr Lambert hugged my neck and told me everything will be OK."