Prenatal Genetic Counseling

Prenatal Genetic Counseling
If you are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant and have personal or family history of certain genetic diseases, you may wish to consider genetic counseling. 

As a member of your healthcare team, the prenatal genetic counselor will

  • Assess your risk or rule out having a child with a birth defect or genetic condition.
  • Talk with you about your family and medical histories.
  • Explain the causes of genetic conditions and help you understand the risks.
  • Review and discuss options for prenatal screening and testing.
  • Prepare you for the birth of a child with special needs and discuss the challenges your baby may face.
  • Offer guidance to help you make informed choices. 

Prenatal genetic counseling should be considered if you have any of the following risk factors.

  • Family or personal history of birth defects or genetic conditions.
  • Previous child with a birth defect or genetic disorder.
  • Abnormal results from routine prenatal testing.
  • Two or more pregnancy losses, a stillbirth, or a baby who died
  • Use of certain medicines around the time of conception
  • Diabetes before getting pregnant
  • Other test results that suggest a genetic condition is present
  • A woman who is pregnant or plans to become pregnant at 35 years or older
  • Increased risk of getting or passing on a genetic disorder because of one's ethnic background

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