The Prenatal Diagnosis Center has five Masters level board certified or board eligible genetic counselors. Genetic counselors are medical professionals who act as part of a prenatal care team. They are specially trained to discuss the technical and medical aspects of prenatal development, screening, and testing, as well as the social and emotional concerns surrounding these issues.

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The Prenatal Diagnosis Center is a service of the UNC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal medicine. The Clinic provides testing for women who, for a variety of reasons, may be facing complicated pregnancies.

Services available through our center include first trimester screening ( en español ), second trimester quad screening ( en español ), non-invasive prenatal testing ( en español ), targeted ultrasound, chorionic villus sampling (CVS), and amniocentesis. Patients are seen for a variety of indications including: family history concerns, abnormal ultrasound findings, abnormal screening results, prenatal exposures, and increased maternal age.

To contact one of the genetic counselors, please call 919-966-2229.

To make a referral or schedule an appointment, please call 919-843-6094.







The UNC Prenatal Genetics Team is comprised of board certified or board eligible, experienced counselors. Information about the current counselors is available below. 

Emily Hardisty, MS, CGC
Coordinator of Genetic Counseling Services
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Certifications:
Certified Genetic Counselor: Board Certified 2002
Education and Training:
MS, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 2001
Diane Vargo, RN, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Certifications:
Certified Genetic Counselor: Board Certified 1999
Education and Training:
BSN, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, 1977
MS, Nova University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 1994
Michael Osborne, MS, CGC
Genetic Counselor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Certifications:
Certified Genetic Counselor: Board Certified 2010
Education and Training:
MS, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 2011
Erin Eaton, MS
Genetic Counselor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Education and Training:
MS, UNC Greensboro
Ginger Edwardsen, MS
Genetic Counselor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Education and Training:
MS, University of South Carolina School of Medicine
MS, North Carolina State