Frequently Asked Questions

For Patients

UNITY™ is ordered by your provider. If you decide you want UNITY™, we are here to help. Please call us at 650-460-2551 or email us at [email protected].
We accept ALL insurances, including Medicaid. Our testing options follow standard-of-care guidelines and are a covered benefit by most insurances, including Medicaid. Since each insurance plan is different, we will contact you with a text message or phone call about your out-of-pocket costs. We also offer financial assistance programs that are quick and easy. We believe every mom has the right to choose UNITY™ without worrying about a surprise bill. If you have any questions or concerns with costs, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 650-460-2551.
From a single blood draw, UNITY™ can:
  • Determine if you are a carrier for cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy, sickle cell disease, thalassemias, and fragile x syndrome.
  • If you are a carrier, while you are not affected, your baby could be at risk to inherit one of these conditions.
  • If you are a carrier, UNITY™ will automatically assess your baby’s risk for these conditions. For fragile x, while we are unable to report the number of CGGs your baby has, we will provide the fetal sex for all fragile x carrier results since boys typically have more severe symptoms.
  • Screen the baby for aneuploidies including trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), 18 (Edwards syndrome), 13 (Patau syndrome); and sex chromosome aneuploidy.
  • Determine fetal sex and fetal RhD status (applicable for Rh negative mothers).
UNITY™ automatically assesses your baby’s risk directly (using your original blood sample) for cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy, sickle cell disease, and thalassemias if you are determined to be a carrier. For fragile x, while UNITY™ is unable to directly assess fetal risk, the baby’s sex is reported as males typcially have more sever symptoms.

UNITY™ includes a carrier screen that looks to see if a person is a carrier for specific single gene conditions passed from parent to child. UNITY™ also includes a non-invasive prenatal test (or cell-free DNA test) that assesses the baby’s risk for these inherited conditions as well as aneuploidy conditions. The UNITY™ carrier screen is available anytime before or during pregnancy. If UNITY™ is ordered during pregnancy, the carrier screen and the baby’s risk for recessive conditions and aneuploidies are all tested using one blood draw.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends every pregnant woman be offered carrier screening and fetal aneuploidy screening for the conditions included on UNITY™. Our test includes genetic conditions that are common and severe. Many conditions benefit from early diagnosis and treatment. You do not need to have a family history of these conditions for UNITY™ to be an appropriate screening test for you. In fact, aneuploidies are not passed down from generation to generation and happen randomly.
As UNITY™ uses diverse and advanced technologies to screen for recessive conditions and aneuploidies, timing of results may vary depending on what your doctor orders. UNITY™ aneuploidy NIPT results are returned within seven days of lab receipt. Most UNITY™ carrier screen and single-gene NIPT results are returned within 14 days from lab receipt. If fragile x is ordered, you may receive additional reports shortly after your initial carrier screening result.
Your doctor will review results with you and discuss options for next steps, which may include additional testing as well as a conversation with a genetic counselor. Your provider may refer you to another office in your area for follow-up or you can call us at 650-460-2551 to schedule an appointment with one of our Certified Genetic Counselors.
Yes, we provide genetic counseling at no charge. To schedule an appointment with a Certified Genetic Counselor, please call at 650-460-2551 or email us at [email protected]. We are here to help you every step of the way.