Prenatal Genetic Counseling

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Genetic counseling may offer peace of mind for pregnant couples. Our team is here to support you throughout your decision-making.

Nuvance Health: Why Choose Us?

If you meet specific criteria, your doctor may recommend genetic counseling. At Nuvance Health you’ll find:

  • Expertise:
    A specially trained Maternal Fetal Medicine Team cares for pregnant women with high-risk conditions.
  • Team-based care:
    Our doctors work in partnership with genetic counselors to help educate you. We aim to help you make informed decisions about your care and the health of your baby.
Who Needs Prenatal Genetic Testing?

Whether you are thinking of starting a family or are currently pregnant, you or your doctor may have questions about the health of your baby. Your doctor may refer you for prenatal genetic testing if you:

  • Are at advanced maternal age (35 or older)
  • Had a screening test showing you need further genetic testing
  • Have a child or relative with a genetic condition
  • Have a family history of genetic defects or inherited diseases
  • Experienced recurrent pregnancy loss or miscarriage
  • Have an underlying condition such as an autoimmune disease or diabetes
  • Require use of certain medications during pregnancy
Goals of Maternal Fetal Testing

If prenatal genetic testing finds a genetic disorder or inherited condition, learning about it can help you feel prepared and informed. Your genetic counselor can offer:

  • Decision-making guidance
  • Educational resources
  • Support groups or circles

Nuvance Health genetic counselors support and reassure you and your partner as you learn about your testing options.


Learn more about Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists or our Maternity Services.

What to Expect During Prenatal Testing

We often perform testing at the time of your appointment with either a blood or saliva sample. Diagnostic testing such as amniocentesis is also available. Depending on the test, you’ll receive results in a few days to three weeks.


Prenatal genetic testing screens for these common conditions:

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Trisomy
  • Tay-Sachs disease
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Sickle cell disease


We understand that genetic testing affects not only the patient but family members as well. Your genetic counselor will explain your results. They help you and your partner, as well as other family members, manage any related emotional concerns.

Learn more about our Women’s Health services.