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Genetic Counseling

Women’s Telehealth offers non-invasive prenatal screenings to determine valuable genetic information about your baby. This simple blood test screens for the most common chromosome abnormalities caused by missing or extra genetic information in the baby’s DNA, including Down syndrome, trisomy 18, trisomy 13, monosomy X, and certain microdeletions.

Chromosomes are found in our cells and carry genetic information. Normally, we have 23 chromosomes in our cells which come in pairs, for a total of 46. Half of these come from the father and half from the mother. Twenty-two of these pairs look the same in males and females. The 23rd pair is the sex chromosome and is different among males and females. Females have two X chromosomes and males have one X and one Y chromosome. Developmental and health problems can occur if there are missing or extra chromosomes, or missing pieces of chromosomes in a cell.

Genetic screenings are usually conducted when the mother’s health care provider feels that she is at risk for her fetus to have a chromosome abnormality. This may be recommended for some high-risk pregnancies, including advanced age of the mother, family history of chromosome abnormalities, an abnormal or positive serum test screen, or abnormalities or concerns shown in an ultrasound.

Specific genetic conditions that are screened may determine health issues for the baby, including mental disabilities, immune system problems, problems feeding, and heart and other birth defects. Some complications may require treatment in-utero or immediately after birth. Our genetic screenings can detect even the smallest chromosome abnormality and provide valuable information about your growing baby to you and your provider so you can plan for your baby’s future.

Following your genetic screenings, Women’s Telehealth provides genetic counseling via telemedicine so you don’t have to travel hours finding the proper specialist. If you have an abnormal or antenatal test result, we provide genetic counselors via telemedicine to meet with you directly in your local provider’s office, or even in your home after hours. We are committed to providing you with the best information, tools and treatment throughout your pregnancy, while connecting you with the right providers for your baby.

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