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Fetal Diagnostic Center

Several factors can put a woman and her baby at a higher risk of complications—age, medical condition, family history, and multiple births are some of the most common.

At St. Jude Medical Center, our expertise in assessing and managing high-risk pregnancies has made us a leader in helping women and their babies achieve the very best outcomes. Led by a nationally recognized perinatologist and expert in high risk obstetrics, our Fetal Diagnostic Center has become a regional referral center for managing pregnancies with increased risk.

We offer state-of-the-art assessment, screening and education. Advanced diagnostic testing—from amniocentesis and genetic testing, to highly detailed 3-D and 4-D sonograms—helps us determine important information about the health and condition of the baby before birth. Having this information early allows parents to begin evaluating treatment options and become more comfortable with what will happen once the baby is born.

Evaluating Potential Problems

Women are referred to us when their regular obstetrician sees a potential issue with the pregnancy. Reasons for referral include:

  • patients over the age of 35
  • problem revealed during a blood test or ultrasound
  • family history of an inherited disorder
  • personal history of miscarriages or stillbirth
  • high risk pregnancy
  • medical issues, such as high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes

Comprehensive Diagnostic Services

We offer complete prenatal diagnostic services, including:

  • amniocentesis
  • antepartum testing
  • biophysical profile
  • screening for birth defects and genetic disorders
  • non-stress testing and contraction stress testing
  • detailed ultrasound of the baby
  • first trimester screening for Down syndrome and trisomy 18
  • second trimester alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) testing for open spina bifida
  • quad screen analysis
  • fetal echocardiogram for the detection of heart defects

Genetic Counseling

Our Fetal Diagnostic Center provides one-on-one genetic counseling and education to expectant mothers, families and couples planning a pregnancy. Genetic counseling provides families the opportunity to discuss medical and family history concerns that may put a pregnancy at risk. Our experienced genetic counselor evaluates each pregnancy for risk factors related to genetic conditions, birth defects, prenatal screening results, abnormal ultrasound findings, and family history.

A Continuum of Care

From evaluating and successfully managing your high-risk pregnancy, to state-of-the-art care once your newborn arrives, you will find the entire continuum of care at St. Jude Medical Center. If a problem is identified during pregnancy or at birth, our highly respected neonatologists and NICU staff will be standing by to provide the advanced care necessary to help your baby recover and thrive.

For more information about the Fetal Diagnostic Center please call (714) 992-3000, ext. 2991.