What is genetic counseling?

Genetic counseling is a process by which a specialist works with women and their families who have a significant medical and/or pregnancy history of birth defects or genetic conditions. This process involves reviewing family, medical and pregnancy histories. We are then able to help give you information to help facilitate your decisions about reproductive options and preventative strategies. Specialists will discuss pregnancy screening for common chromosomal abnormalities and common inherited genetic conditions (Carrier Screening). The available tests are discussed in detail, including the benefits, the limitations, and the potential risk of all procedures. If it is helpful, we also recommend support groups and assist in referring to other specialists.

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