I’m Not 35 Or Older. Do I Need a Prenatal Genetic Counseling Consultation?
March 18, 2019
Genetic counselors are trained medical professionals who work closely with patients to discuss genetic principles and their relevance within pregnancies. They use medical, pregnancy, and family histories to identify and assess potential risks within a pregnancy or an individual. Genetic counselors also discuss the basics of genetic principles and the options for genetic testing within pregnancies or individuals. Whether this be related to testing already performed within a pregnancy or an existing genetic condition in an individual or their family.
Specific Reasons To Undergo Genetic Counseling
Individuals or their doctors may recommend genetic counseling for a variety of reasons.
Health Management: Persons with a personal or family history of a variety of neuromuscular, autoimmune, cardiovascular, psychological, malignant, or genetic diseases may benefit from genetic counseling.
Medications: The discussion of types of medications, dosage within a pregnancy, and the timing of taking medication during pregnancy may be helpful to determine what medications are best for you during pregnancy. Following discussion of risks and benefits of medication use in a pregnancy, your prescribing physician may or may not alter your medication plan during pregnancy.
Family Planning: Prospective parents with a personal or family history of genetic conditions may benefit from discussing risks within pregnancy or chances for future children to inherit this condition. Further, genetic testing may be available within a pregnancy.
Genetic Conditions During Pregnancy: Genetic conditions may sometimes be detected during pregnancy. An individual may also have a previously identified genetic condition. This may alter the management of this pregnancy from a medical standpoint. Additional ultrasounds or referrals may be recommended depending on the genetic condition noted in the individual. Further, genetic testing may be available for the pregnancy.
Finding A Genetic Counselor
There are more than 3,000 genetic counselors across North America. Doctors and medical institutions may provide patients with contact information for genetic counselors in the area. Further, the National Society of Genetic Counselors provides a search tool to find genetic counselors available in specific geographic areas.
If you have questions about genetic counseling, we encourage you to contact Greater Washington Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Genetics (GWMFM). More information about our programs and services can be found by accessing http://www.gwmfm.com.
We were referred to Greater Washington MFM at a scary time in our pregnancy journey, but the doctors, techs and staff were all wonderful and made us feel as comfortable as possible anytime we went in. We especially cannot speak highly enough about Dr. Pinckert- he provides optimism while also not beating around the bush. He spent time with us and answered every question we had (and trust me, there were lots!) I don’t typically write reviews for doctors, but my husband and I (and our baby!) are so thankful for him and the whole team at GWMFM!
I cannot tell you how grateful I have been for the practice's care. We had a finding on our anatomy scan - and this was the only practice that took the time to immediately answer my concerns and schedule me ASAP. The front desk, the sonographers, and providers have been some of the best caretakers I have ever met. I am so grateful for their kindness and expertise during a tough time. Dr. Pinckert walked me through the amio procedure seamlessly and very kindly- especially when I asked to not see the needle. I have been to both Silver Spring and Rockville's locations and received amazing care. I will always remember how the staff made me feel supported during such an overwhelming time. Thank you for all that you do for pregnant women!
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