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Women’s Health Prenatal Genetics Program

Our program is the only center in Arkansas that provides comprehensive, evidence-based prenatal diagnosis and genetic testing services.  We offer a complete range of services, from genetic counseling and testing to high-risk pregnancy management, and fetal interventions. Our program is run by board-certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians, board-certified genetic counselors, specially-trained advanced practice nurses, and registered diagnostic medical ultrasonographers.

As part of UAMS, our center provides easy access to a variety of renowned specialists that may be needed in high-risk pregnancies. In addition, we have built strong relationships with the pediatric sub-specialists at Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and our own Level III Intensive Care Nursery (NICU), who also work closely with our mothers and families, preparing for the deliveries and care of babies with significant medical complications or birth defects.

We can provide these services at a variety of locations throughout the state of Arkansas via our telemedicine network. If a patient lives in a location that is far from our main center in Little Rock, she may have the option of receiving our services at a closer location. This may allow her to bring family members to the appointment for support as well as save them the hassle of long-distance travel.

A family doctor, obstetrician, or other healthcare provider may offer you an opportunity to visit with us. Two of the most valuable services that we provide are tests for physical and genetic defects that could affect an unborn baby. Nearly 97% of babies are born without major birth defects. However, when such defects do occur, being aware of them before delivery can improve the outcomes for babies. A non-invasive blood test can help assess your risk of having a baby with a certain birth defect, and a diagnostic test (targeted or Level II ultrasound, amniocentesis, CVS) can help determine whether the baby has a birth defect or not.

We are trained to answer questions, offer much-needed support and counseling, and provide options for the most advanced types of prenatal care and treatment. Please take a moment to look at our providers.

  • Shannon N. Barringer, M.S. – A board-certified, licensed genetic counselor, Shannon has been with our program since 1997. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Virginia and her Master’s degree in Medical Genetics from Indiana University. Her primary focus is coordinating medical care for our patients/families who receive an abnormal prenatal diagnosis. She is well-versed in the latest genetic testing technologies and their accuracies. In addition, she was presented with UAMS’ first ELI Award, which recognizes healthcare providers that excel at providing patient and family centered care.
  • Hyelim Kim, M.S. – A board-certified, licensed genetic counselor, Hyelim has been with our program since 2016. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Missouri State University in 2014 and her Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from UAMS in 2016. Her primary interests include coordinating a state-wide genetic screening program for pregnant women and providing graduate-level genetics education to healthcare providers/students in Arkansas.
  • Shannon Lewis, BSN, RN – A registered nurse, Shannon has been with UAMS since 1992. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from UAMS in 1992. Shannon has served as a nurse and manager in the UAMS NICU and a program manager for our ANGELS telemedicine program.  She currently serves as the specialty nurse for our Arkansas Fetal Diagnosis and Management Program, which coordinates complex, multidisciplinary prenatal and postnatal care of babies diagnosed with birth defects and genetic diseases.

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Mailing Address

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
4301 W. Markham Street, #506
Little Rock, AR 72205

Physical Address

UAMS Women’s Health Center
6119 Midtown Ave
Little Rock, AR 72205

Phone: 501-296-1700

Fax: 501-296-1701