Why Think About Genetics
Growing a Family?
No one wants to focus on what could go wrong in pregnancy. And they shouldn’t. The greatest chances for most pregnancies is a healthy baby. However, knowing in advance that there is a higher chance for a birth defect or problem with development may allow:
Access a growing number of therapies for inherited disease.
Increase your options for conceiving a healthy child.
TESTING A PREGNANCY
Test a fetus at risk to make pregnancy or newborn care decisions.
A Better Way: Mainstream Genomics
Most prenatal care or fertility providers will offer some routine genetic testing and ask some basic questions about family health history. The information is incomplete without an in-depth review of family medical history from a genetics expert like a genetic counselor.
More than 10% of pregnancies have a genetic risk that routine prenatal care does not identify.*
Research shows that genetic professionals are more familiar with genetic risk and genetic testing.
SUPPORT WITHOUT PRESSURE
We will listen and help you make decisions that are right for you and your family.
How It Works
Put simply, our genetic counselors review your family medical history to determine your chances for a healthy baby and recommend any medical or genetic testing to better assess those chances.
one of our services, called Family Screens, that fits your family's goals.
your health and family information through a simple, secure, online form.
your comprehensive report called a Personalized Screening Plan.
with one of our genetics experts to discuss your report and any next steps.
What We Might Tell You
What you can learn from reviewing family medical history? There are three possible outcomes of our genetic counselors’ complete review of your health and family information:
You can plan on routine genetic screening for your pregnancy. We will still explain options for what can be done before pregnancy to keep as many options open as possible.
We will suggest some genetic or other medical testing that is not routinely offered in all pregnancies.
A known risk does not mean a definite problem, but we will explain your choices for family planning and diagnostic testing and support your decisions.
Download a sample plan.
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Meet Our Experts
A certified and licensed genetic counselor reviews every customer’s family medical history. Genetic counselors are health professionals trained to help people understand genetic risks in their families and from genetic testing.
We also have a team of genetics specialists with deep expertise in clinical areas such as assisted reproductive technology, obstetrics, oncology, cardiology, and more. They provide advice to our genetic counselors when specialized expertise in a particular area is needed.
For people who are considering pregnancy, freezing eggs, or fertility care
For people who are already pregnant
For people who want to learn their chances for inherited diseases of adulthood.
What People Are Saying about Mainstream Genomics
I've started asking myself if I want to have children. Finding resources to know if I can have children and what the risks are at my age has not been easy. I now feel confident about the next steps.
— Maria, 38
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*Meschede, SD and Horst, J. Prenatal Diagnosis 2000.