Resources for Genetic Counseling & Testing for Pregnancy



Childbirth Connection's Genetic Counseling & Testing Resource

Planning Pregnancy: Genetic Counseling & Testing
In our section called The Stages of Pregnancy, we have outlined the planning of your pregnancy, each stage of pregnancy, giving birth, and the early period after birth. This link is devoted to genetic counseling and testing while planning for your pregnancy.


General Resources for Genetic Testing and Counseling

March of Dimes:Genetic Counseling: provides a guide to genetic counseling

Genetics Home Reference: a guide to understanding genetic conditions

March of Dimes: Birth Defects and Genetic Conditions: comprehensive list with links to fact sheets

Kids Health for Parents: An Introduction to Genetics and Genetic Testing

Kids Health for Parents: Genetic Counseling


Resources for Family History for Awareness and Prevention During Pregnancy

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General: offers a basic family medical history tree; follow their instructions to download for free

Mayo Clinic: offers good information on how to compile your family medical history

Genetic Alliance: Family Health History: how to take your family history

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Public Health Genomics: using family history to promote health


Resource for Finding a Genetic Counselor

National Society of Genetic Counselors: find genetic counseling services state, city, counselor's name, institution or areas of practice or specialization


Resource for Benefits and Risks of Genetic Testing

Mayo Clinic: Genetic testing: Weigh benefits and risks: the pros and cons of genetic testing to help you make an informed decision


Resource for When There is a Concern Due to Test Results or Family History

Genetic Alliance: Disease InfoSearch: advocacy support groups related to specific genetic conditions, information about the clinical features of a wide number of genetic conditions, and updates on management, treatment and more


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Most recent page update: 1/14/2013