The board-certified OB-GYNs at Mile High offer surgical and medical procedures not only for elective cases, but for patients seeking abortions as a result of genetic abnormalities in the fetus. A number of genetic abnormalities, such Down Syndrome, CF, Tay-Sachs Disease and others, can be detected early on in the pregnancy. Mile High is a full-service OB-GYN, so they offer genetic testing right there in the office. You’ll know as early as possible about the condition of your fetus, and the options available for care. The physicians at Mile High offer counseling and education to help you make your decision, but they’ll never push unnecessary treatment. Their goal is always to help you feel comfortable, confident, and in control of your care.
Many doctor offices aren’t able to do the genetic tests, or won’t perform abortions for genetic abnormalities. Mile High is regularly referred patients from other offices and hospitals. They’re happy to work with you at any stage in your pregnancy, to help you get the care you need.
Common Questions on Genetic Abnormalities
What is the process for genetic testing? When does it happen?
During the first trimester (or after 10 weeks) genetic testing can be done via fetal DNA from the mother. Between 11 and 13 weeks, testing can be done via a screening ultrasound. After 16 weeks, patients can have testing done via amniocentesis (which involves sampling a small amount of amniotic fluid from the amniotic sac).
What genetic conditions commonly result in abortion?
There are a number of genetic abnormalities that commonly result in the termination of a pregnancy. Down’s Syndrome is most common reason (trisomy 21), but others include are trisomy 13 and 18. There are also sex chromosome abnormalities, such as Turner’s syndrome and triploidy, that are common reasons for the termination of a pregnancy. Other reasons include anencephaly (underdeveloped brain and an incomplete skull) or hypoplastic left ventricle of the heart (underdeveloped ventricles in the heart).
What counseling options are available for before and after the treatment?
The team at Mile High offers in-office counseling from your doctor. Before you begin care, you’ll choose between a team of board-certified OB-GYNs, both male and female. They’ll guide you through the process of genetic testing, letting you know what you might be at risk for, and how things look after the testing. With the results in-hand, they’ll educate you on the available options for care. Their goal is to inform and empower their patients, never to push unnecessary treatments.
Are abortions for genetic abnormalities covered by insurance?
Yes, most insurances will cover elective abortions and abortions performed as a result of genetic abnormalities. Mile High is a private practice and accepts the majority of insurances. A list of accepted insurance providers is available here.
The team at Mile High will be glad to confirm your coverage for you prior to the visit. In some cases, a deposit may be required. Also, some HMOs will require a referral from your primary physician, so be sure to call the office in advance in order to prevent unnecessary delays.