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  • Genetic Risk Assessment and Testing
  • Candidates for amniocentesis must be ≤ 20 weeks gestation on the day of their genetic clinic appointment

Appropriate patients for referral include:

  • Advanced Maternal Age (AMA): maternal age D 35 years old at delivery and patient consents to an amnio; must watch video; see below.
  • Abnormal TAST screening test; amnio may or may not be indicated
  • Family history of birth defects, mental retardation, or genetic diseases
  • Personal history of birth defects, mental retardation, or genetic disease
  • Exposure to teratogens such as alcohol, drugs, and medications for maternal diseases (e.g. Insulin-dependent diabetes). Patient may prefer to call Texas Teratogen Information Service for free pregnancy exposure/risk counseling at 1-800-733-4727.
  • Abnormal ultrasound findings (fetal abnormalities)
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss (D 2 SAB)
  • Consanguineous matings

IMPORTANT! Before scheduling an appointment for genetic counseling, patient must watch video titled, “Prenatal Diagnosis of Birth Defects: Amniocentesis”.

Documentation required for scheduling an appointment:

  • Completed referral form
  • Pertinent Lab results (TAST, hemoglobin electrophoresis, blood type, etc.)
  • Ultrasound report(s)
  • Title V Screening Document, if eligible

NOTE: Instruct patient to report to specialty clinic appointment no earlier than 15-30 minutes prior to appointment time.