Do You Have Any of These Questions About Prenatal Testing?
Why Do I Need Prenatal Testing?
Are There Different Types of Prenatal Testing? If so, Which Test is Right for Me?
Will Getting a Prenatal Test Affect My Pregnancy?
My Prenatal Test Came Back Positive, Now What?
What To Expect From Your Prenatal Testing Guidance and the Impact it Can Have on Your Family
Understand what genetic testing is available to you and how the results can impact your life and the lives of those closest to you.
First, we review your personal and family history as it pertains to family planning and prenatal genetic testing. This is your opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you have about health conditions being passed down to your children.
Next, we will review biology and basic genetics to ensure you have a solid foundation as we move into discussing genetic testing options.
We will discuss the risks that exist in every pregnancy as well as any additional risks personal to your or your family’s history.
There are many different testing options that are available before and during pregnancy. We will discuss the pros and cons to these tests as well as your personal values and goals as we make a testing plan that is right for you.
Depending on your decisions, some tests may be initiated by you and others need to be initiated by your physician. For those that you can initiate, I will assist you in getting the test started. For those your physician must initiate, I will work him or her to make the process run smoothly.
You will be provided with a letter to share with your physician about your history and testing selections. Throughout your pregnancy, I will remain available to discuss genetic concerns and test results.
Prenatal & Preconception: Which is Best for You?
Preconception: Before pregnancy is a wonderful time to see a genetic counselor. Whether you are planning for your first pregnancy or are seasoned parents, there is a lot to learn from a genetics consultation. In this session, we will review your family history, discuss genetic testing that is available before pregnancy (genetic carrier screening) and testing options that will be available during pregnancy. We also enjoy working with couples who are pursuing IVF and individuals who are interested in being egg or sperm donors.
Prenatal: Many women are overwhelmed by the genetic testing options presented to them in pregnancy. In this appointment, we will review the family history and discuss all testing options your doctor provides, as well as any other testing we feel may be beneficial. This discussion will include:
Carrier Screening & Serum Screening
Cell Free DNA Screening (NIPT)
Diagnostic Testing (Chorionic Villus Sampling, Amniocentesis)
What Our Patients Have To Say
A Word From Those We Have Helped Along The Way
“Erin called us a few hours after we found out about the diagnosis. We were confused and upset and getting to talk to an actual person right away was incredibly comforting. She was with us through the entire journey as we learned more about the diagnosis and became a support we could count on always. We will never forget her. She was wonderful. I’m so glad that she was there to help guide us.”- Sarah
“Erin was a breath of fresh air the moment we met. It takes a special someone to articulate and present very complicated information in a high level, skillful, pleasant way that made us feel empowered instead of anxious. She was patient, extremely knowledgeable, and talked with us until we felt fully informed and comfortable. Erin always followed up with us in a timely manner and shared in our joy and happiness. She made a huge impact on us in a short period of time. Erin is simply amazing and couldn’t be more well suited for her profession, she’s a gift to all that have had the opportunity to work with her.”- Elizabeth