Preconception and prenatal counseling are available to help you understand your options and make decisions about whether or not to proceed with prenatal testing. The service is provided by specially trained and board-certified genetic counselors who assess family history and maternal and paternal risk factors to determine which tests might be appropriate. You and your partner may receive counseling whether or not you decide to have prenatal testing.
As part of the counseling process, maternal and paternal risk factors are assessed to determine if either parent could be a carrier of a genetic disorder. This includes a review of the family history and factors such as ethnicity that can indicate risks for certain birth defects or diseases.
Counseling will help you determine if you want further testing and, if so, which tests are appropriate. Additional counseling is available for patients who receive abnormal results.