Prenatal genetic counseling can help you determine whether your baby may be at increased risk for having a genetic disorder or birth defect and assist you in making decisions regarding available testing options.
Prenatal Genetics at Saint Francis
You may want to talk with a maternal fetal medicine specialist or our genetic counselor at Saint Francis Genetics
, if any of the following apply to you:
- You'll be 35 or older on your due date. (The odds of having a child with a chromosomal abnormality such as Downs Syndrome increase with age.)
- You've had a stillbirth, three or more miscarriages of unknown cause, or a baby who died in infancy.
- You, your partner, one or more of your children, or any other family member has a genetic disorder, birth defect or developmental delay.
- You had a positive result on your nuchal translucency screening or first trimester combined screening, or on your multiple marker screen.
- Your ultrasound indicated a possible problem.
- Your baby has been diagnosed with a genetic disorder through prenatal testing such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling.
- Your ethnic background puts your baby at a higher risk for a condition such as Tay-Sachs, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, thalassemia or spinal muscular atrophy.
- You've been exposed to substances that may cause birth defects.
- You're worried about your chances of having a child with a birth defect or genetic disorder and you want to know more about the available testing.
Prenatal Genetic Counseling
Before your appointment, please talk with as many relatives as possible to learn about birth defects or chronic illnesses (such as heart disease or diabetes) in your family and your spouse's family. We will ask you for these family health histories, so please learn as much information as you can about your parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents.
The maternal fetal medicine
specialist or genetic counselor
can help you understand the risks, benefits and limitations of any prenatal tests you're considering and the results of tests you've already taken.
After your appointment, a letter summarizing the session is sent to you and your practitioner, if appropriate. Referrals to community resources or coordination of further prenatal testing may be provided.
Make an Appointment with Saint Francis Genetics
For more information, or to make an appointment with a genetic specialist, please call 918-502-8365.
We're dedicated to assisting you with insurance authorizations for appropriate testing. Start gathering your relatives' history by printing and completing this family history form
. Bring it with you to your appointment with our genetic specialist.
Physician Referral to Saint Francis Genetics
Physicians may refer a patient for genetic counseling or genetic evaluation by logging into EPIC
or by using our Genetic Referral form