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Prenatal Genetic Screening

Prenatal genetic screening can tell a pregnant woman her chance of having a baby with Down syndrome, trisomy 18, or an open neural tube defect. It is offered free of charge as a choice to all pregnant women with MSP coverage in BC.

It's your choice whether or not to have prenatal genetic screening. The earlier in your pregnancy you see your health care provider, the more options you will have. 

Please watch "It's Your Choice - Learn More About Your Options" for more information about the screening options available to you. 

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To learn more about prenatal genetic screening in BC:

Download our "Prenatal Genetic Screening: It's your choice" pamphlets.


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Download the decision aid brochure to better understand screening and options. The decision aid may help a woman think about her personal situation to determine whether screening is important for her to do or not.

Look at our visual aid diagram to understand the possible results from having screening.


If you have decided to have prenatal screening, use our pregnancy dating tool to find out when to have your blood drawn.

*If you do not have MSP coverage, prenatal genetic screening is available for a fee. BC Children's Hospital finance department will send you an invoice for $150. You may also be charged for blood collection by the facility who draws your blood.


All pregnant women in BC with Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage (BC Services Cardcan choose to have prenatal genetic screening. 

Some women may choose to pay privately for a screen not available in the BC public medical system. There are two options: one is called First Trimester Screening (FTS) and the other is called Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS).

Read about the provincially funded and privately paid screening tests.‎

Collection Sites: 

Sites vary in NIPS collection days. Please call them directly to confirm what days/times they are open for collecting blood for NIPS.


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