Genetic counseling is support provided to a patient and their doctor by identifying genetic risk, discussing family history, explaining available testing options and providing patient education. Information provided to couples on testing in pregnancy can be overwhelming and a genetic counselor helps to make sense of this information. A genetic counselor does not influence or decide for the patient, rather provides non-biased information and guides them in the decision making process. They also support families in making necessary social and emotional adjustments after receiving new information.
The genetic counselors in our office are master’s level medical professionals who have extensive training in the field of genetics. Our genetic counselors are board certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.
Patients may speak with a genetic counselor for a variety of reasons, including maternal age of 35 and over, abnormal screening test, abnormal ultrasound findings, being a carrier of a known genetic condition or having a family history of a genetic disorder or birth defect.