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Genetic counseling is an educational process of providing information and support to individuals and families who have members with birth defects, genetic disorders, or are at risk for a variety of medical disorders based on their family history or prenatal screening tests. Genetic counselors focus on explaining the possibility or presence of genetic conditions or birth defects in a current or future pregnancy, as well as available testing options. While it may be stressful to discuss some of these topics, it is important to remember that the vast majority of pregnancies result in a healthy baby and many patients are reassured by the information they learn from their genetic counselor.
Under the direction of Dr. Julie Zenger Hain
, board certified medical geneticist, the Clinical Cytogenetics Department offers:
|Should I see a genetic counselor?
People who are commonly referred for genetic counseling services are individuals or couples who:
- Have concerns regarding a personal or family history of a genetic condition
- Are 35 years or older at the time of delivery
- Have a positive maternal serum screening result
- Have a concern identified on an ultrasound examination
- Have experienced multiple miscarriages
- Are carriers of a genetic disease such as cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia
- Are concerned that their lifestyles, jobs or
medical history may pose a risk to pregnancy, including exposure to drugs, radiation, chemicals, infection or medication
- Would like more information about genetic diseases that occur more frequently in their ethnic group
Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn
Ground Floor - Suite 102G
18101 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m -2 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.