For couples at risk of passing on a genetic disease to their children, the Mass General Fertility Center, led by faculty in the Vincent Department of OB/GYN, offers preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). “This a cutting-edge program that offers the ‘gift’ of an unaffected pregnancy,” says Irene Souter, MD, director of the PGD program.
Founded in 2005, the program cares for couples at risk for conditions such as cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, thalassemia (inherited blood disorders) and recurrent miscarriages of genetic origin. Services have expanded to include a sophisticated technology called comparative genomic hybridization, which tests all 23 fetal chromosomes to further decrease the risk of delivering a child with a genetic abnormality.
Our program collaborates with top-tier genetic laboratories and regional clinics providing reproduction assistance. We also work to educate patients, providers, nursing and embryology staff, as well as reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellows about methods to achieve a successful pregnancy.