UNC Maternal-Fetal Medicine offers a variety of reproductive genetic services at N.C. Women’s Hospital, UNC Specialty Women’s Center at Rex, and by telemedicine.
Reproductive genetics services at UNC are provided by Masters-level trained genetic counselors in conjunction with a team of Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists.
What is a genetic counselor?
Genetic counselors review available screening and testing options and help families make a decision about those options that is consistent with their beliefs and values.
Services we offer:
- Detailed ultrasound
- First trimester screening
- Second trimester maternal serum screening (MSS or Quad screen) | en español
- Maternal serum AFP screening (for neural tube defects)
- Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for Down syndrome, trisomy 18, trisomy 13, and other conditions by cell-free fetal DNA in maternal circulation
- Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and Amniocentesis
- Genetic testing and carrier screening for a variety of conditions.
Who may benefit from reproductive genetic counseling?
Anyone who is currently pregnant or considering pregnancy in the future may benefit from reproductive genetic counseling. Common referral indications include:
- Family history of a genetic condition or birth defect
- Review of screening and testing options during or prior to pregnancy
- Maternal age of 35 or older at delivery
- Discussion of ultrasound findings or test results
- Exposures of concern during pregnancy
A reproductive genetic counselor can be reached by telephone at 919-966-2229.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with a reproductive genetic counselor, ask your healthcare provider to refer you to UNC Reproductive Genetics Services.
Our schedulers can be reached at 919-843-6094.