Delaware Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine | Genetic …

Genetic counseling is a process in which a genetic counselor provides information and support to families whose pregnancies may have an increased chance for a birth defect or genetic condition.

This process involves identifying the patient's concerns, reviewing pregnancy history and family medical history, discussing any identified risks, and reviewing the benefits and limitations of appropriate prenatal testing options. A genetic counselor can help a patient reach decisions that correspond with their goals and personal values.

Genetic counselors also serve as patient advocates and refer patients to resources in their community that deal with a specific genetic condition, or to medical specialists, educational specialists or family support groups.

Individuals who may consider genetic counseling are those who:

Preparing for your Genetic Counseling appointment:


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