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.