Preconception and Prenatal Genetic Counseling
For couples considering pregnancy or starting a family, The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City offers preconception consultations, including genetic testing, carrier testing and genetic counseling. Preconception genetic testing is an important step in your family planning process that can help you identify possible problems that could impact a healthy pregnancy.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends information about genetic carrier screening be provided to every pregnant woman and recommends testing be performed before pregnancy to provide couples with information about any reproductive risks. Doing so allows you to explore all reproductive options available to you.
What is preconception and prenatal genetic counseling?
Genetic counseling can help you understand your risk factors as well as the medical, emotional and familial implications of genetic disease. Genetic counseling can also:
- Interpret your family and medical histories to determine your chance of disease or disease recurrence
- Offer guidance and support to help you make informed choices
- Provide education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research