"If a standard set of lab tests were performed on every pregnant woman, we would improve outcomes for women and babies."

Laboratory testing during pregnancy:
What We Are Doing

The charge of the WAPC Prenatal Testing Committee is to:

  1. Review and maintain a knowledge base of current professional literature on prenatal testing.
  2. Develop a set of criteria to assess individual prenatal tests in terms of their clinical, ethical, and economic values.
  3. Determine which tests may be more appropriately recommended for the preconceptional period.
  4. Recommend specific tests appropriate for prenatal screening.
  5. Facilitate the development of collaborative professional and public education programs on prenatal testing and follow up.
  6. Consider recommendations for public policy initiatives that could promote effective and efficient prenatal testing.

The Committee began its work in 1995 and published the first edition of its recommendations in 1997. WAPC published subsequent revisions in 2000, 2006, 2011, and 2015.

The WAPC Prenatal Testing Committee reviews the professional literature to keep abreast of the ever-changing science, technology, and policies related to laboratory testing during pregnancy. As it deems necessary, the Committee will issue updated recommendations.

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