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Birth Defects Specialist

Perinatal Diagnostic Center & Women's Ultrasound

High Risk Pregnancy & Fetal Medicine Specialists & OBGYNs located in Ventura, CA, Thousand Oaks, CA, West Hills, CA, and Mission Hills, CA

Every year around 120,000 babies are born with birth defects — also referred to as congenital disabilities. At Perinatal Diagnostic Center & Women's Ultrasound, in Thousand Oaks, West Hills, Mission Hills, and Ventura, California, Daryoush Jadali, MD, offers screenings and tests to assess you and your baby’s risk and diagnose certain conditions. Call Perinatal Diagnostic Center & Women's Ultrasound to schedule an appointment today for state-of-the-art genetic testing and prenatal care.

Birth Defects Q & A

What are birth defects?

Birth defects are genetic or physical abnormalities that develop during pregnancy and are present at birth. Many congenital disabilities are due to chromosomal or genetic irregularities, and environmental factors cause others. Common congenital disabilities include:

  • Congenital heart defects including abnormalities in the walls and valves of the heart
  • Neural tube defects including spina bifida or Chiari malformation
  • Cleft palate
  • Club foot
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome

Dr. Jadali and the team at Perinatal Diagnostic Center and Ultrasound have years of experience and clinical training in diagnosing and managing congenital disabilities and fetal abnormalities.

How can I know if my baby has congenital disabilities?

Perinatal Diagnostic Center and Ultrasound offers comprehensive genetic screening and testing to assess your risk and diagnose congenital disabilities. In most cases, Dr. Jadali recommends genetic screening to determine if further diagnostic tests are necessary.

You and your partner can have carrier testing to identify if you carry any genes for birth defects that could pass on to your baby. Carrier testing is usually a blood test or a tissue sample collected with a cheek swab.

Dr. Jadali also offers genetic blood tests and advanced ultrasound screening in the first and second trimesters of your pregnancy. For example, he performs a nuchal translucency screening to measure the space at the back of your baby’s neck during your first-trimester ultrasound. An abnormal measurement can indicate a risk of Down syndrome and other physical abnormalities.

If you have positive results from any of your genetic screening tests, Dr. Jadali provides fetal diagnostic tests including amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS). He takes small samples of your amniotic fluid (amniocentesis) and placenta (CVS), which are tested for specific signs of congenital disabilities.

Can I prevent birth defects?

Many congenital disabilities are genetic, and you may not be able to prevent them. However, you can take steps to protect your health and the development of your baby.

The team at Perinatal Diagnostic Center and Ultrasound provides customized advice to help you optimize your health. For example, Dr. Jadali recommends that all pregnant women take a prenatal vitamin that includes 400 mg of folic acid. You can also adjust your diet to include plenty of nutritious vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains.

You should avoid substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs that are harmful to you and your baby. If you need help making these lifestyle adjustments, the team at Perinatal Diagnostic Center and Ultrasound can provide support and resources.

Call Perinatal Diagnostic Center and Ultrasound to schedule an appointment today.