OUR GOAL: We offer optional prenatal screening tests to identify birth defects for all pregnant Californians. Our program helps to reduce the emotional and financial burden of disability and death.
OUR WORK: We provide prenatal screening; patient and provider education to promote informed decision-making; and access to follow-up diagnostic services when indicated.
SERVICE DELIVERY: Prenatal screening identifies individuals with an increase chance for carrying a fetus with a specific birth defect. Health conditions screened for include open neural tube defects (NTDs), Down syndrome (T21), trisomy (T18) or Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS). Services are provided by doctors, nurses, midwives, and other prenatal care providers working in hospitals, offices, clinics, and homes.
OUTCOMES: Three out of four pregnant Californians opt for prenatal screening through the state PNS program.
FUNDING: Medi-Cal, health plans, and most private insurance will pay for some or most of the cost of screening.