Genetic Counseling

Prenatal genetic counselors are trained healthcare providers who can speak with you about your screening and testing options during pregnancy. Our genetic counselors will take a complete family history. They will then  evaluate if you have any increased risks for birth defects or genetic conditions in pregnancy.

Our certified genetic counselors can:

  • Consult with you and evaluate your genetic risk factors before conception and/or before pregnancy.
  • Help you understand and decide between prenatal screening and genetic testing options
  • Coordinate genetic testing and prenatal diagnosis such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
  • Offer expert advice on genetic testing or carrier screening based on your ethnic background or family history
  • Provide you with education, support and counseling about genetic conditions or birth defects that can be diagnosed before childbirth.

You may benefit from seeing a genetic counselor if you:

  • Are pregnant, especially if you will be 34 years of age or more when your baby is born.
  • Have had a child with a chromosome abnormality, birth defect or other genetic condition.
  • Are a carrier of a known chromosome rearrangement.
  • Have a family history of a genetic condition or birth defect.
  • Have had a positive screening test during your current pregnancy.
  • Are at increased risk due to ultrasound findings.
  • Have been exposed to medication, drugs or other dangerous substances during your current pregnancy.
  • Are interested in carrier screening based on your ethnic background.