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Genetic Screening Options

Testing for genetic conditions

Along with general screening in pregnancy and ultrasounds, we offer two types of genetic screening. These screening tests are usually done in the first trimester and are optional.


Aneuploidy testing

Aneuploidy testing, or chromosomal testing, identifies your risk of having a baby with an abnormal amount of chromosomes.  The most common condition associated with this is Down Syndrome. There are two ways to test for chromosomal abnormalities in pregnancy:


NIPT or Free Cell DNA testing  

This is a blood test down after 10 weeks of pregnancy.  This test can also tell you the gender of your baby if you would like to know. 


Integrated screen  

This is an ultrasound and a series of blood tests done in the first and second trimester.  This test also screens for spina bifida, which is a condition affecting the spine. 

For more information on these tests and how to get them done, click here*.


Carrier Screening

Carrier screening tests you for genetic conditions that may be passed on to your baby.  Carrier screening is a blood test usually done in the first trimester. The two most common carrier screening tests are:


Cystic Fibrosis (CF)  

This condition affects the respiratory and digestive systems.  


Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)  

This rare genetic disorder affects the nerves leading to muscle weakness and possible respiratory issues.  


Other carrier screening

While Aneuploidy testing, if desired, can be done with each pregnancy, carrier screening only needs to be done once for all your pregnancies. 


Testing is optional

Genetic screening is optional, and the decision to undergo these tests is entirely up to you. 
Genetic screening can provide valuable information about the potential risk of these conditions in your baby, allowing you to prepare emotionally and consider any necessary medical interventions.
Remember, genetic screening is not a guarantee of a particular outcome, and a positive result does not mean that your baby will definitely have the condition. Conversely, a negative result does not guarantee a healthy baby. Genetic screening simply provides information to help you and your healthcare team make informed decisions about your pregnancy and plan for the best possible care for your baby.
If you wish to undergo genetic screening, we can discuss the available options and help you make the choice that aligns with your preferences and values.

Additional Pregnancy Resources

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Construction Notice

The City of Spokane Valley is improving the Pines & Mission Intersection near our Spokane Valley location. 

Starting April 15th, 2024, most of the work will happen between 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM, with some daytime work too.

They’ll try to limit traffic disruptions, keeping the intersection open and businesses accessible but please plan accordingly when visiting our Spokane Valley office.

Click below for more details:

We can expect minor traffic changes mostly around the northeast and southeast corners of the intersection. This involves digging for the wall, upgrading traffic and pedestrian signals at Pines & Mission intersection, and improving its northeast and southeast corners.

Traffic revisions involve closing westbound Mission Avenue and the northwest shoulder of Pines Road near the 190 offramp, with ongoing modifications to traffic signals, retaining wall construction, sidewalk improvements along northwest Mission Ave, and prep work for repaving Pines Road and Mission Ave.

Traffic changes will close westbound Mission Avenue and part of the northwest Pines shoulder, limit center lanes on the east side of Mission and the south of Pines, pave parts of Mission Avenue and Pines Road, and reconstruct the traffic island at the Pines Road and Mission Avenue intersection.

Mission Avenue will be fully closed from the Pines intersection westbound to just before Applebee’s parking lot’s west driveway, with center lane restrictions on eastbound Mission. The project involves grinding existing asphalt, paving new asphalt, adding traffic islands, installing new road markings and signs, and landscaping the northwest quadrant of Mission and Pines.

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