Q: What are the reasons for doing a genetic amniocentesis?

A: Below are the most common reasons for doing a genetic amniocentesis:

  • Advanced age of the mother (usually 35 and over)
  • Abnormal Alphafetoprotein blood test
  • Suspected fetal anomaly on ultrasound
  • Increased fetal neck translucency
  • Maternal concern about the fetus (anxiety)
  • Family history or prior baby with a genetic anomaly
  • A parent with a genetic anomaly