What is Reproductive Genetics Counseling?
Sadly, some pregnancies are at higher risk for birth defects or genetic conditions. People often seek genetic counseling prior to conception to discuss maternal age, family history concerns, history of miscarriage, and other questions.
A prenatal genetic counselor provides information and support to people who may be at risk of having a baby with a birth defect or a genetic syndrome. This support includes:
- Identifying families at risk
- Analyzing family histories
- Providing information about the condition or concern
- Interpreting patterns of inheritance and risk of repeating problems
- Reviewing testing and support options with the family
UR Medicine's Approach
It is completely your choice whether to have any type of testing during your pregnancy. At UR Medicine, our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible to help you make an informed choice about testing.
Before and during your pregnancy, your provider will offer screening tests. Many of these are routine tests offered to all patients, while others may be more specific to your situation. Based on test results, you might be referred to Reproductive Genetics.
A genetic counseling session typically lasts 30 minutes to an hour. The genetic counselor will:
- Ask detailed family history questions
- Construct a three-generation family tree
- Ask for information about medications, vitamins, supplements, drugs, or alcohol
- Discuss options for screening or diagnostic tests
- Explain complex medical information when needed
Testing is now available for more than 1,500 specific genetic diseases that may run in an individual's family. Many widely available and useful screening and diagnostic tests are also offered.
Since each family has unique needs, we will work with you to develop a customized plan. Our patient-centered dedication and understanding allow us to offer the care and compassion you need during a potentially stressful time.
What Sets Us Apart?
At UR Medicine, our genetic counselors work closely with experts in a wide range of disciplines such as neurology, cardiology, nephrology, and oncology.
Our providers specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of maternal medical issues and concerns with fetal health and development. This expertise ensures that you’re being seen by the top experts and technicians in maternal-fetal medicine, genetics, ultrasound, and lactation.
We will work directly with your current providers and co-manage cases, when possible, with no need to transfer from your current provider.
Our goal is always to make sure you feel comfortable with the plan that is put in place for you and your growing family.
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