Genetic Counselors and the Role They Play at HRPC

Genetic counseling is the process of helping patients at risk of an inherited condition understand the consequences and nature of the condition, the probability of transmitting it to their future child, as well as the options available for managing that condition.

Our genetic counselors are board certified or board eligible by the American Board of Genetic Counseling. They are experts in the field of genetic medicine and skilled in translating your test results. They will help you to fully understand any conditions so you can make the best decisions for your family.

Fortunately, testing can reveal conditions that complex and require further discussion with parents. Often, many conditions do not manifest themselves unless both the mother and father carry the same genes. Some conditions we can detect include, but are not limited to:

  • Down syndrome

  • Sickle-cell anemia

  • Tay-Sachs disease

  • Muscular dystrophy

  • Hemophilia

  • Trisomy 13

  • Trisomy 18

  • Trisomy 21

  • Cystic fibrosis

Genetic counselors are here to help you

Our genetic counselors at HRPC are here for you through the entire genetic screening process. The process has two parts. These are (1) diagnostics, to determine the risk of developing the condition, and (2) support, where we can help find solutions to any issues detected. A genetic counselor can help you by:

  • Identifying risks for certain inherited disorders

  • Investigating issues present within the family

  • Interpret information about an inherited disorder

  • Analyze inheritance patterns to determine the risk of recurrence

  • Review available genetic testing options with the family

  • Assess family and medical histories to determine the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence

  • Understand inheritance, testing, management and prevention

What to expect during your counseling session

Anyone can pursue genetic counseling to analyze an inherited condition. The overall goal of genetic counseling is to help our patients understand genetic conditions, discuss their management options and explain the risks and benefits of testing. Some of the things our genetic counselors may do during your counseling appointment include:

  • Ask questions about your medical, family, and pregnancy history

  • Discuss birth defects and genetic conditions

  • Identify the chances of a genetic condition occurring or recurring within your family

  • Explain how genetic conditions are passed down in the family

  • Address illnesses and chemicals that can cause birth defects

  • Discuss treatment options for a genetic condition

  • Help you cope with feelings on the effects of genetic conditions on families

  • Answer any medical questions and address emotional concerns

  • Explore reproductive options

  • Refer patients to other resources, if need be

A team dedicated to you

Genetic counselors can give you the personalized help you need when it comes to you and your family’s genetic health. Our genetic counselors are there to support you and your family for every step of the process. They help our patients handle the emotional, psychological, medical, social and economic consequences of the test results they may receive.

We believe the best choice is an informed one. Our counselors at HRPC will put all your options into perspective and encourage you to take time to think about the choices you may need to make.

For more information on our genetic counseling services, call the team at High Risk Pregnancy Center at (702) 382-3200 today to schedule your appointment.