As knowledge of genetics has expanded, genetic counseling has become an increasingly important component in the healthcare experience of patients. The best time for addressing concerns is prior to becoming pregnant; and the board-certified genetic counselors at Desert Perinatal Associates are available to help answer difficult questions and to guide patients through this process.
Preconception genetic counseling looks at the couple’s family history to determine if there are increased risks for inherited disease or birth defects in future pregnancies. Some common reasons to see a genetic counselor either before or during your pregnancy include:
- A woman that is over the age of 35 at the time of delivery
- Abnormal test results or ultrasound findings
- A family history of genetic disease
- A history of complications or abnormalities
Although all pregnancies carry some risk of genetic abnormality, the above factors may put you at increased risk. Genetic counseling is aimed at providing each patient with an accurate view of her pregnancy risk, which is often lower than many first believe. Our team is dedicated to providing the best possible care to each of our patients. You can have confidence in the specialists at Desert Perinatal Associates who lead the industry in the most sophisticated testing and cutting edge ultrasound technology, giving couples the best options for their pregnancy.