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Genetic Counseling

The genetic counselors affiliated with Memorial Hermann work closely with the affiliated maternal-fetal medicine physicians to counsel women at an increased risk for having a baby with a particular disorder or genetic syndrome. Below is a list of common questions about genetic counseling. ;

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