Why might I see a genetic counselor?

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You might see a genetic counselor in many situations, such as:

  • You are pregnant or considering becoming pregnant and are concerned about the health of your baby (See prenatal genetic counseling, page 5).
  • Your baby had an abnormal result from newborn screening (See general and pediatric genetic counseling, page 8).
  • You, your child or a family member has been diagnosed with a genetic condition (See general and pediatric genetic counseling, page 8).
  • You are concerned that you, your child, or a family member has a genetic or inherited condition and would like more information (See general and pediatric genetic counseling, page 8).
  • Your family has a history of developmental disability, birth defects, and/or mental retardation (See general and pediatric genetic counseling, page 8).
  • Your family has a history of mental illness (See psychiatric genetic counseling, page 11).
  • Your family has a history of cancer (See cancer genetic counseling, page 13).