When to do Amniocentesis?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
When is the right time to do the amniocentesis test?

ANSWER

It depends on why it is being done. Usually if it is because you are concerned about genetic abnormalities, it is done around 18 weeks, but there are options for doing other tests sooner and there may be reasons to delay it. It's best to ask your own provider about your particular situation.

--Cynthia, CNM

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Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.