If you and your family would like to learn more about the chance of having a child with a genetic disorder or birth defect, your health care provider can refer you to Women & Infants for genetic counseling.
In a counseling session, which usually lasts an hour or more, a genetic counselor will take your family history and talk about any concerns you have about birth defects or genetic disorders. Our genetic counselors take a "non-directive" approach. This means they deal in what facts are known: the chance that your baby will have a birth defect; the accurate testing available to you, how it is done, and its benefits and risks; and the treatment options for you if a disorder is found.
You will be presented with choices:
Do you want to have testing done?
Would having information about a birth defect during your pregnancy be helpful?
Is there anything that can be done before your baby’s birth?
Our genetic counselors support you in whatever decision you make. You are encouraged to ask questions throughout the session and to speak openly about your feelings. All visits are private and confidential.
The Prenatal Diagnosis Center staff makes information and literature available to patients and families. Please call one of our counselors at the Prenatal Diagnosis Center with your questions and requests for more information at 401-453-7510.