Making sure you have a healthy pregnancy is important to you and to your baby. Dr. Amersi's compassionate, skilled approach helps women from Santa Monica, CA, and the surrounding area get the noninvasive prenatal testing they need to identify potential risks and arrange for treatment or counseling when needed.
What is noninvasive prenatal testing?
Prenatal testing includes both screening tests for the mom and diagnostic tests for the baby. Screening tests can be used to identify health issues in the mother that place the mothers or babies at risk, including:
sexually transmitted diseases
Diagnostic tests can help determine the presence of birth defects or other health problems like heart abnormalities in the baby even before it's born. Early diagnosis enables some of these conditions to be treated or addressed before the baby is born; other diagnoses can help you plan for care that might be needed following delivery. Diagnostic testing can also help identify and diagnose genetic abnormalities.
Who should have prenatal testing?
Prenatal testing may be recommended for women who:
will be at least 35 years of age by the time they deliver
have a child or close relative who was born with a birth defect
have known genetic risk factors in their family or the father's family
have been exposed to drugs that may be harmful to the fetus
have had abnormal ultrasound findings
have engaged in sexual behavior that may have exposed them to sexually transmitted diseases
have other concerns about the health of their unborn baby, or whose doctor has recommended testing for medical- or health-related reasons
What if a test is positive?
If a screening test is positive, your doctor can help you decide if additional diagnostic testing is recommended. If a diagnostic test is positive, you may be referred to a genetic counselor or other healthcare provider who can provide you with additional care options, including discussions of possible procedures that may be performed on the baby before birth.
We accept only PPO insurance plans. Below is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.
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