Genetic counseling is a specialized branch of science aimed at helping individuals, couples and families understand the genetic aspects of illness. It is a process through which knowledge about genetics is shared by a Genetic counselor for a person to understand and adapt the medical, Psychological, reproductive and familial implications of the genetic contribution to specific health condition.
When there is a suspicion of a genetic condition in a newborn, a family history of cancer, a positive result in screening test for Down, Edward, Patau syndrome, previous child diagnosed with a condition, Bad obstetric history, infertility- these are a few examples of situations that confront patients with difficult information to be understood and assimilated along with an array of contradictory emotions. In situations like this, Genetic counseling plays an invaluable role in the process by offering specialized services within a clinical setting.
A Genetic counselor provides information on the inheritance of the condition, recurrence risks. Also, a Genetic counselor helps an individual to address the scientific and emotional issues that arise in such scenarios and actively help them make informed decisions based on the individual’s own values and circumstances.
Genetic Counseling appointments are quite different as compared to your doctor’s appointments. A genetic counseling session might last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, this is because it is an opportunity to ask questions, raise any fears or concerns that you have and learn more about genetics.
Also, previous Medical records (histopathology reports, doctors notes), Family members and their health, Major diseases in family, previous child affected, all of this plays an important role and is a key tool for Genetic counseling.
The expert genetic counselling services at Anderson Diagnostics can help you to ensure that your little bundle of joy is born healthy and happy!
Preconceptual genetic counseling is available to couples who are planning a pregnancy, to discuss risks to a future pregnancy as well as available testing options. Common reasons to seek preconceptual genetic counseling are:
It is available for couples who are pregnant.
A referral to genetic counseling is extremely crucial for newborns or children suspected to have a genetic condition.
A genetic condition may be suspected because of clinical symptoms, birth defects, or developmental delays. The aim of genetic counseling in pediatrics is dual: