Genetic counseling

Genetics is the study of heredity, the process of a parent passing certain genes on to their children.

  • A person's appearance, such as height, hair color, skin color, and eye color, are determined by genes.
  • Birth defects and certain diseases are also often determined by genes.
Genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis

Genetic counseling (and prenatal diagnosis) provides parents with the knowledge to make intelligent, informed decisions regarding possible pregnancy and its outcome. If a pregnancy occurs the couple may want to evaluate the fetus by prenatal diagnosis.

What is Prenatal Genetic Counseling?

Who may Want Prenatal Genetic Counseling?

What Will Counseling and Tests Tell me?

What Will Happen?

What if I Carry a Genetic Disorder?