Genetic counseling is a communication process that provides information and support to individuals and families who are concerned about a genetic condition or birth defect in themselves or a family member.
Couples with infertility may find themselves in need of genetic counseling if they have had three or more miscarriages, male partner has decreased or absent sperm in his semen, or congenital absence of the vas deferens. Genetic counseling is also recommended for any couple undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection.
Where can I receive counseling?
Community Hospital North's Maternal-Fetal Medicine program provides complete, compassionate services for women with high-risk pregnancies, including genetic counseling services. To learn more, visit Maternal-Fetal Medicine online at www.MaternalFetalMed.com (go to "Patient Services") or call 317-621-9210 to schedule an appointment.
Who may benefit from genetic counseling?
- Pregnant women who will be 35 years or older at time of delivery, who have had a positive triple screen, or an abnormality on ultrasound
- Couples who have had three or more miscarriages
- Women with a chronic illness and/or women on medications which may affect pregnancy
- Couples with infertility including:
- Males with decreased or absent sperm in their semen
- Males with congenital absence of the vas deferens
- Any couple undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
- Individuals with a personal or family history of:
- Birth defects such as spina bifida or cleft lip/palate
- Known or suspected inherited condition such as cystic fibrosis or a muscular dystrophy
- Developmental delay or mental retardation
- Chronic condition such as a seizure disorder or diabetes
- Previous stillbirth or infant death
- Any individual who may have a higher chance of having a child with a certain condition based on their ethnicity