Prenatal Genetic Counseling
Patients who come to us for prenatal testing and/or genetic counseling will receive the benefits of knowledge plus compassionate counsel. Expectant mothers are reassured through our knowledge, experience and emotional support as they seek to make the best decisions with the information they are given during sometimes stressful situations.
Our genetic counselors have advanced degrees and are board certified or board eligible for certification by the American Board of Genetic Counselors. They will work closely with physicians specializing in maternal-fetal medicine and genetics to provide comprehensive genetic information and services to patients. Their services help patients make the most informed decisions about their pregnancy based on their personal circumstances.
The counselors will provide information on risk for genetic disorders, explain the appropriate genetic tests, and make the needed arrangements for testing. We offer a full range of services that can detect fetal abnormalities, including first trimester nuchal translucency screening, a non-invasive ultrasound screening for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities.
Who may Benefit from Testing?
Common indications for prenatal genetic counseling include (but are not limited to):
- Maternal age (> 35 years old at the time of delivery).
- Individuals who are known to be at risk for carrying genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, hemophilia, sickle cell disease or other conditions.
- Parents of a child with a genetic disorder, birth defect or mental retardation.
- Individuals who have had a laboratory test such as a serum quad screen or maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) screening test indicating an increased risk for a genetic disorder.
- Individuals diagnosed with a birth defect or mental retardation, or who have a family history of a genetic disorder.
- Individuals of ethnic groups in which particular inherited diseases are more common, including African-American, French-Canadian, Jewish, Mediterranean or Asian backgrounds.
- Individuals or couples who have had multiple miscarriages or pregnancy losses.
- Women exposed to certain medications or drugs, significant radiation, and/or particular infections during pregnancy.
If you have questions about prenatal genetic testing, please call 317-621-8988. Select option 3 for prenatal genetics or option 4 for general genetics questions.