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Genetic Counseling

Our genetic counselors work closely with the Maternal-Fetal physicians to counsel women at an increased risk for having a baby with a particular disorder or genetic syndrome. Do you think genetic counseling could be right for you? 

Should I Get Genetic Counseling?

You may be a good candidate for genetic counseling if one or more of these risk factors apply to you:

  • 35 or older at the time of delivery
  • Abnormal screening test (first or second trimester screen)
  • Previous child with a birth defect
  • Family history of a genetic disease, metabolic disease, learning disability or hemoglobinopathy
  • Multiple pregnancy losses
  • Exposed to teratogens or have a condition that requires taking certain medications
  • Documented carrier of a genetic condition such as cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, sickle cell anemia, beta thalassemia or muscular dystrophy

What Do Genetic Counselors Do?

Genetic counselors provide a wide array of prenatal counseling services including:

  • Maternal first and second trimester serum screen testing interpretation
  • Chromosome conditions
  • First trimester genetic risk assessment
  • Prenatal genetic diagnosis for known genetic disease in the family
  • Counseling for ultrasound anomalies
  • Preconception counseling to assess risk related to family history
  • Counseling for medication exposures

Appointments with Genetic Counselors

Prior to scheduling, all patients are required to have a physician order. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call 713.242.2440 for Memorial City or 713.897.2300 for The Woodlands.