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Prenatal Diagnostic Center

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The UCSF Prenatal Diagnostic Center provides comprehensive counseling, screening and testing for fetal conditions. The decision to use these services belongs exclusively to each pregnant individual and family. Our role is to provide the information and support patients need to make the choices that are right for them.

Our center is part of the UCSF Women's Health Center – a nationally designated center of excellence – and patients are ensured the highest quality care and service. They benefit from the most advanced technologies and procedures. Our practitioners bring a wealth of expertise and experience, having performed more than 60,000 amniocentesis procedures and 18,000 chorionic villus sampling procedures over the last 35 years.

Whether you're planning a pregnancy or already navigating one, our genetic counselors are available to discuss your options for genetic screening. If you choose some type of screening, your counselor will meet with you afterward to explain the results, offer any appropriate follow-up tests and counsel you on your options.

In addition to providing the most advanced tests available, the Prenatal Diagnostic Center is working to develop less invasive ways to perform in utero screening and diagnosis of genetic disorders. Interested patients may have opportunities to participate in studies evaluating these methods.

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    Our Services


    Genetic counseling

    Screening tests:

    Diagnostic tests (following genetic counseling):

    For more information about UCSF prenatal services, visit our prenatal care page.

    Decorative Caduceus

    Effectiveness of Two Aspirin Doses for Prevention of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy: ASPIR...

    HDP defined as preeclampsia or antepartum gHTN based on ACOG criteria


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    Genomic Sequencing in Anatomically Normal Fetuses

    Proportion of positive genetic diagnosis among all pregnancies with anatomically normal fetuses


    Decorative Caduceus

    Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) for Sleep Apnea in Pregnancy

    Subjects are considered to have the primary outcome if they meet the criteria for eclampsia, HELLP, atypical HELLP, preeclampsia, superimposed preeclampsia or antepartum gestational hypertension.


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    A Trial of Pessary and Progesterone for Preterm Prevention in Twin Gestation With a Short Cervi...

    Preterm delivery or fetal loss prior to 35 weeks gestation


    Support services


    Great Expectations Pregnancy Classes

    Get ready for the baby! Choose from a variety of classes that prepare moms and partners for pregnancy, birth, baby care, breastfeeding and parenting.

    Patient Resource

    Lactation Consultant Support

    Get support for all your breastfeeding needs. Troubleshoot with a lactation consultant, find equipment and supplies, join a support group and more.

    Patient Resource

    Women's Health Resource Center

    Access free health resources here, from classes and webinars to support groups and medical referrals, plus pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding services.

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    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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