Your health care provider or a genetic counselor will help you understand the results of your cordocentesis.

If your test results are normal, follow-up testing isn't usually necessary. However, the circumstances that lead to cordocentesis often need continued intervention.

If your baby has an infection, for example, your health care provider will help you understand the treatment options. If your baby has severe anemia, he or she might need a blood transfusion through the umbilical cord. In some cases, early delivery is needed.

If your test results indicate that your baby has a condition that can't be treated, you might be faced with wrenching decisions — such as whether to continue the pregnancy. Seek support from your health care team, your loved ones and other close contacts during this difficult time.

Oct. 13, 2012