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Benefits of Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling can assist women or couples who are:

  • Planning a pregnancy
  • Interested in prenatal diagnosis
  • Concerned about first or second trimester screening results
  • Known to be at risk for carrying genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, hemophilia, sickle cell disease or thalassemia
  • Pregnant and will be 35 years or older at the time of delivery
  • Of an ethnic group in which particular inherited diseases are more common, including African-American, French-Canadian, Jewish, Mediterranean or Asian backgrounds

Genetic counseling can help with the implications of:

  • Previous miscarriages or pregnancy losses
  • Either parent's diagnosis or family history of birth defect, genetic disorder or mental retardation
  • Previously having a child with a birth defect, genetic disorder or mental retardation
  • A laboratory test such as a maternal serum screening test indicating an increased risk for a genetic disorder
  • A woman's exposure to certain medications or drugs, significant radiation, and/or particular infections during her pregnancy