Baby Gender Blood Test
Interview: Debra Kirkpatrick, MD
Associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology, IU School of Medicine
Director, Obstetrics/Gynecology Primary Care Center, Wishard Hospital
If you want to know your baby’s gender, you usually have an ultrasound around the 2oth week of pregnancy, or amniocentesis, an invasive procedure.
Now there’s a maternal blood test available in Europe -- although not FDA-approved here in the U.S. -- that can safely determine a baby’s gender as early as seven weeks after conception.
To learn how the test works and what health benefits it may provide, host Barbara Lewis turns Dr. Debra Kirkpatrick, an obstetrician-gynecologist with the IU School of Medicine. Dr. Kirkpatrick is also medical director of the Obstetrics/Gynecology Primary Care Center at Wishard Hospital.