What to Expect in the Mom&Me™ Genomic Screening
Mom&Me™ Genomic Screening is the most comprehensive screening option for your loved ones. Screen your newborn of nearly 400 genetic and hereditary conditions - providing key information for preventative management, diet, or even early treatment. Mom is covered too and is tested for nearly 1,000 clinical outcomes, carrier statuses, and more. With Mom&Me™ Genomic Screening, you’re unlocking the key to personalized medical management for your family. And by pairing it with Cord Blood Banking, no further blood draws are required.
Why Invest in Genomic Screening?
What Are Genomics?
A genome is an organism’s complete set of DNA instructions found in a cell. It including all of its genes as well as its hierarchical, three-dimensional structural configuration.
In humans, the genome consists of 23 pairs of chromosomes located in the cell’s nucleus. A genome contains all the information needed for an individual to develop and function.
What Do You Test For?
For Mom: We analyze over 650 genes related to actionable conditions that have an impact to mom's health. We test for cancer susceptibility, cardiovascular diseases, carrier screening, neurological disorders, coagulation disorders, organ health, endocrine and metabolic disorders, and mitochondrial diseases.
For Baby: We analyze over 400 genes related with childhood onset genetic and metabolic diseases, adult onset diseases that are actionable during childhood, and common, although not treatable, diseases with carrier frequency higher than 1/100. Screening includes diabetes, early cardiovascular disease, certain food allergies, Usher syndrome, malignant hyperthermia, cystic fibrosis, and more.
How it Works
Why is Genomic Screening for Mom and Baby Important?
Your genome is a resource for life. Mom&Me™ is for families who want to be proactive about their new family's health.
Mom&Me™ gives insights on mom's risks for hereditary diseases in multiple categories including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, immune disorders, endocrine and matabolic disorders, neurological disorders, organ health, and more.
Mom&Me™ for baby is an extension of routine neonatal biochemical screening, increasing the number of metabolic and genetic diseases analyzed for intervention through nutrition or other procedures during early infancy, improving the health of the newborn.
What Can I Expect to Receive with Mom&Me™ Genomic Screening?
All families will receive a comprehensive report with detailed information about the variants detected and the implications for the newborn and mom. Families will have access to a trusted genetic counselor who will interpret and discuss the results.
Pathogenic variants and probably pathogenic variants classified based on American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) (PMID: 25741868) guidelines are reported.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is whole genome sequencing?
Whole genome sequencing is reading the billions of letters in your DNA, a long chain made up of As, Ts, Cs, and Gs. All your genes are encoded with this 4-letter code, so we analyze your sequence and subsequently look for changes or variants in the genes.
Why sequence the entire genome?
Whole genome sequencing allows all your genetic material to be read by creating a library about you. In this way you will be able to know the relevant information today to prevent and have access to updates in the future, accessing your library again. This trip makes it possible that from now on you can personalize, with the help of your specialist, your health care based on what makes you unique: your DNA.
How does genomic sequencing help my family?
Whole genome sequencing allows all your genetic material to be read by creating a library about you. In this way you will be able to know the relevant information today to prevent and have access to updates in the future, accessing your library again. This means that from now on you can personalize, with the help of your specialist, your health care based on what makes you unique: your DNA.
Why does pricing for genetic tests vary so much?
The cost of a genetic testing service is related to the technology utilized and the amount genetic expertise is required to provide the result. There is a direct correlation between the amount of DNA information analyzed and the more clinically impactful and reliable the result will be. At Americord, we use whole genome sequencing that allows for the capture and analyzing of all of a person’s DNA. Because the information is so valuable and can significantly impact a person’s future healthcare, we believe it should be managed by a medical professional. We support either directly or in collaboration with the prescribing physician the pre and post-test genetic counseling process where the results are explained and an action plan is established to fully benefit from the information provided.
Is Genomic Testing covered by my insurance?
No, genomic testing and/or screening is not covered by insurance companies in the United States. However, you may be able to use your FSA or HSA account(s) to cover the costs.
Are there any states genomic services are not offered?
Yes, Alaska, California, New York, and Washington DC. These states have restrictions and regulations that prevent Americord from offering genomic services to individuals who have blood or saliva collected for genomic testing in these states.
If you are a resident of these restricted states, but deliver or provide a maternal blood outside of these states you can purchase Genomic services.