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prenatal testing high risk pregnancy and genetic counseling

At Advocate Christ Medical Center, women with special concerns about their pregnancy, delivery or the health of their newborn can count on the specialized staff and sophisticated technology unique to a Level III perinatal center. High-risk mothers include those with high blood pressure, maternal diabetes, genetic risk factors or other complications. High-risk newborns include those with special medical complications, those born too early, too small or too fragile to survive without exceptional care.

Christ Medical Center provides:

  • Perinatologists (specialists in maternal and fetal health), neonatologists (specialists in newborns) and other pediatric subspecialists.
  • A skilled staff including clinical nurse specialists, R.N.s, social workers, home health care coordinators and other allied health care professionals.
  • Facilities designed for high-risk pregnancies and deliveries.
  • Around-the-clock availability of anesthesia.
  • A special transport team capable of transferring high-risk mothers and newborns to Christ Medical Center. 

Knowing All You Can Know

Parenting is full of surprises, but planning for a safe, healthy pregnancy and birth isn't something you want to leave to chance. At our fetal diagnostic center, you can access the most advanced services available to monitor your health and your baby's development. We offer comprehensive genetic, fetal and maternal diagnostic services, including genetic counseling.

Our staff includes perinatologists (specialists in maternal fetal health), a medical geneticist, genetic counselors, a clinical nurse specialist, nurses, dietitians and ultrasound technicians to provide comprehensive fetal and maternal diagnostic services.

Our fetal diagnostic center offers these prenatal tests to assess fetal health and development:

  • Triple Screen Testing. Performed between the 15th and 21st weeks of pregnancy to measure alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels in the mother's blood and assess the risk for related fetal abnormalities.
  • Genetic Amniocentesis. Performed between the 14th and 18th week of pregnancy to obtain a sample of amniotic fluid, which is used to test for chromosomal abnormalities and neural tube defects.
  • Chorionic Villi Sampling (CVS). Performed around the 11th week of pregnancy, physicians take a small sample of placental tissue from the uterus with a catheter. The tissue is analyzed for genetic defects.
  • Fetal Monitoring. Can include non-stress tests and biophysical profiles to assess fetal well-being. Monitoring is usually performed once or twice a week, as needed, during the third trimester.
  • Targeted (Level Two) Ultrasound. A detailed ultrasound performed by the physician to verify fetal anatomy for patients at risk for specified problems.
  • Comprehensive Ultrasound. Performed to identify fetal structures, screen for anomalies, verify dating and size of the fetus.
  • Percutaneous Umbilical Blood Sampling (PUBS). Available at only a few medical centers nationally, PUBS removes a sample of fetal blood cells from the umbilical cord to analyze for conditions such as fetal anemia or genetic diseases.
  • Fetal Echocardiography. Performed to assess the structure and function of the fetal heart. 

If your primary obstetrician has decided that you need advanced fetal diagnostic or genetic testing, please call Christ Medical Center's fetal diagnostic center at 847.684.4184. For fetal echocardiography, please call central scheduling at 708.684.1000.

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