Prenatal Diagnosis Center

More women choose Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for their maternity care than any other hospital in the City of Los Angeles. As a leader in the field of obstetrical care, research and education, Cedars-Sinai offers state of the art medical care to women for both routine and high-risk pregnancies. The Prenatal Diagnostic Center provides the latest in the medical capabilities to its patients and their families, in a warm and compassionate environment.

The Prenatal Diagnosis Center provides two basic types of services: screening and/or testing for specific genetic, medical or obstetrical conditions, and consultation and management of genetic, medical, or obstetrical disorders that are identified. Prenatal diagnostic and screening testing are often recommended for those patients with the following risk factors:

  • Pregnant women who will be 35 years of age or older on their due date
  • Families with a history of genetic disorders or who have a child or close relative with a chromosomal abnormality, such as Down syndrome. This includes families with a history of open neural tube defects of the spine (e.g. spina bifida) or other birth defects
  • Patients with a history of two or more miscarriages or with a history of infertility
  • Multi-fetal pregnancies (twins, triplets, etc.)

Featured Procedure

genetic testing options for expectant parents

Genetic Testing Options

The Cedars-Sinai Prenatal Diagnosis Center is using an advanced genetic testing method to give parents-to-be results as early as the 10th and 13th week of pregnancy. The center is the nation's most experienced provider of chorionic villus sampling, performing about 2,000 of these procedures each year.

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Featured Research

stress impacts prenancy and risk premature birth

Stress and Pregnancy

Stress is associated with many adult diseases. Research shows that stress impacts pregnancy as well; mothers who have a lot of stress have a higher risk of premature birth. Our research team has discovered that stress can cause changes as early as 13 weeks of pregnancy, suggesting that stress during early pregnancy (or even before conception) may lead to early delivery.

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