Genetic Counseling

OhioHealth Maternal Fetal Medicine Physicians offers pre-pregnancy (preconception) genetic counseling for those who have concerns about a future pregnancy.
A genetic counselor with specialized training in medical genetics and inherited disorders can help you learn about your chance of having a child with genetic disorders or birth defects.
Genetic counseling is beneficial in helping you, your physician and your family make informed decisions about your pregnancy, and prenatal testing options and your pregnancy care if:
  • You are pregnant or planning to become pregnant and will be age 35 or older at the time of delivery
  • Your ultrasound and/or blood screening test indicate increased chance of a birth defect
  • Your ultrasound identifies a possible abnormality
  • You have a family member with a birth defect, chromosome abnormality or genetic disorder
  • Your ethnic group is known to be at higher chance for certain genetic disorders
  • You are a blood relative of your partner
  • You have certain medical conditions or have been exposed to some types of drugs or chemicals.

A genetic counselor will meet with you to:

  • Review your medical and family history
  • Identify potential risks to the future pregnancy and how they can be managed
  • Provide information on what prenatal testing options are available during pregnancy