NJ Perinatal offers our patients genetic counseling during the early stages of pregnancy. When a patient comes in for a genetic counseling visit, they visit with a Genetic Counselor, who is a trained healthcare professional with a degree in human genetics and counseling. This counselor will be able to break down technical genetic information into more practical, understandable terms for the patient.
After reviewing your prenatal genetic questionnaire and medical history, the Genetic Counselor will construct a generational family tree that delves into all medical history that may be inherited. Upon review with the patient to confirm that all medical history is correct, the Genetic Counselor will utilize standard genetic analysis to determine the risk that your child may be affected with a birth defect or a genetic condition.
Once a determination is made of the inherent risks, the Genetic Counselor will discuss the testing options available to the patient during their pregnancy, along with the risks, benefits, and limitations associated with each type of testing. In addition, your Genetic Counselor will provide resources, both in print and online, that will aid in your decision to further explore genetic testing.
NJ Perinatal recommends Prenatal Genetic Counseling if you:
- Are a woman who will be 35 or older when your child will be born
- Are a couple who are first cousins
- Have received abnormal results from a genetic screening or diagnostic test
- Have a family history of inherited disorders, birth defects, or mental retardation
- Are a woman who has experienced two or more unexplained miscarriages or early infant death
- Are a man with congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens