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.