Pre-Natal Diagnosis and Ultrasound (PNDC)

At the University of Florida, our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Faculty and Fellows function as a team alongside a genetics counselor and specialists from several pediatric and adult medical and surgical specialists. We provide routine screening, a high level, and targeted fetal ultrasound assessment. Screening and confirmatory fetal echocardiograms, cervical length assessment, genetic screening (first-trimester screening for aneuploidy), genetic testing (chronic villous sampling or CVS and amniocentesis) and fetal procedures are offered in a friendly and caring environment. We pride ourselves on offering a comprehensive understanding of fetal abnormalities from etiology to prognosis and help you develop a management plan for your pregnancy that patients feel comfortable with.

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Genetic Counseling

A Genetic Counselor is a healthcare professional with a master’s degree in human genetics and counseling. At the University of Florida, our genetic counselor is board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

Genetic counseling is a service that helps patients understand the medical, psychological, and familial impact of genetic disease. During your visit, the genetic counselor will review your relevant medical or family history and any genetic testing you and your relatives have had. The genetic counselor will evaluate this information to determine if you are at risk of having a child affected with a birth defect or genetic condition. Working along with our Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists, our genetic counselor strives to provide patients and their families with support while assisting them to make the best decisions for them and their families.

Reasons for referral to genetic counseling include:

  • A woman who will be 35 years old or older when her baby is born.
  • Anyone with abnormal results from a genetic screening or diagnostic test.
  • Anyone with a family history of an inherited disorder, birth defect or mental retardation.
  • Anyone considering invasive testing (amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling)
  • Anyone who has questions about a disease or a condition that runs in the family.
  • Anyone concerned that his or her job, lifestyle or medical history may pose a
    risk to pregnancy (including exposure to infection, medicines, alcohol, street
    drugs, chemicals, or other environmental agents).
  • Couples who are first cousins or other close blood relatives.
  • A woman who has had two or more unexplained miscarriages or early infant deaths.
  • Couples with infertility thought to have a genetic cause.

More Information

For more information about genetic counseling for prenatal care and preconception concerns, please call:

Dan Weisman
Daniel Wiesman, MS, CGC
Certified Genetic Counselor

Heart Care Pregnancy Program