Healthcare: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Prenatal and Reproductive Genetics

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At Baylor Medicine, our prenatal and reproductive genetic specialists are helping women and their partners better understand their risk for a genetic condition in themselves or in their fetus that can affect their ability to have a healthy pregnancy and navigate the genetic testing services available to evaluate these genetic risks. 

Our goal is to provide the most optimal reproductive and prenatal genetic care to women and their partners and to support parents facing difficult care decisions when birth defects or a genetic risk or condition is found that affects the health of their fetus.

We partner with Baylor College of Medicine’s Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, one of the nation’s top-ranked genetics departments, to offer our patients the latest advancements in genetic screening, testing, and diagnostics.

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How We Can Help

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We offer expert guidance and compassionate care by board-certified medical geneticists and genetic counselors. 

We are here to help: 

  • Help women and their partners understand the screening and testing options available to identify risk factors for genetic conditions or birth defects and make decisions about which tests to have
  • Help women and their partners understand the screening and testing options available to identify genetic conditions that can affect your ability to have a healthy pregnancy and make decisions about which tests to have
  • Facilitate the genetic testing or screening desired
  • Interpret test results
  • Counsel and support women and their partners so they can make informed decisions that are right for their family
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Comprehensive Genetic Risk Assessment Services

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During Pregnancy

We offer a wide range of screening and testing options to evaluate if a pregnancy is at risk of genetic conditions in the fetus, including:

  • First and second-trimester screening for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities 
  • Targeted testing and screening for pregnancies with a known increased risk for a genetic condition or birth defect in the fetus. 
  • Chromosomal Microarray Analysis (CMA), a comprehensive prenatal genetic test for women undergoing an amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
  • Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) that screens for Down syndrome (trisomy 21), trisomies 13 and18, sex-chromosome aneuploidy, and in some cases other genetic conditions
  • Counseling for diagnostic genome-wide sequencing (DNA sequencing)

Before Pregnancy

Our specialists also provide screening, assessments, and genetic counseling prior to conception to determine if one or both parents are at increased risk for passing on an inherited genetic condition or for a genetic disease that can affect their ability to have a healthy pregnancy. 

Additionally, testing and counseling are available to evaluate genetic risks for women and their partners undergoing fertility treatments with artificial reproductive technologies, such as in vitro fertilization.

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Patient Care Locations

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Baylor Medicine genetic specialists provide care at Texas Children’s Pavillion for Women and its community clinics and at Ben Taub Hospital part of the Harris Health System.