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genetic counseling

Compassionate Counseling

Approximately eight percent of all children are born with some form of physical or mental defect. Our geneticists will assist families, individuals and prospective parents to:

  • Analyze medical facts
  • Understand the nature of the disorder and its prognosis
  • Identify how a disorder was inherited
  • Identify patients at risk for whom testing is available

Who can benefit from genetic counseling?

  • Parents who have a child with a birth defect or hereditary disorder
  • Individuals with a family history of a birth defect or hereditary disorder
  • Couples with a history of infertility
  • Couples with recurrent miscarriages/stillbirth
  • Pregnant women with an abnormal screening
  • Women age 35 or older
  • Members of certain ethnic groups at risk for a genetic disorder
  • Pregnant women or women planning pregnancy, exposed to a potentially harmful agent (drugs, radiation, alcohol, virus)
  • Couples who are first cousins or close blood relatives

You do not have to be pregnant to meet with a genetic counselor. If you are planning a pregnancy or if you are concerned about any of the above conditions, call 630.275.2348 to schedule an appointment.

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