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Amniocentesis

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Amniocentesis is a procedure in which a small amount of amniotic fluid is drawn to test for certain chromosomal disorders and neural tube defects. Amniocentesis is:

  • Indicated for pregnant women who will be older than 35 years at the time of birth or those who have had an abnormal blood screen
  • The most accurate way of determining a baby’s gender before birth
  • Given between 15th and 20th week of pregnancy

Amniocentesis at Boston Children’s Hospital

Researchers are drawing fetal stem cells from amniotic fluid during pregnancy to develop new was to repair congenital defects in babies. Programs that perform amniocentesis at Children’s include the Advanced Fetal Care CenterFetal Cardiology Program and Genetics Program.

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