Reproductive Genetic Counseling Program
Our preconception and prenatal genetic counseling team includes physicians and genetic counselors, who are certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics or the American Board of Genetic Counseling. We work closely with obstetrician-gynecologists, perinatologists, reproductive endocrinologists, and other specialists who deal with the health and well-being of both women who are pregnant or attempting to become pregnant and their fetuses.
A genetic counseling consultation typically begins with a review of an individual or couple's pregnancy, medical, family histories, and relevant medical records, including previous genetic testing. Based on the information provided, the genetic counselor and/or physician can evaluate an individual's/couple's risk to have a baby with a birth defect or genetic disorder. In addition, the benefits, limitations, and risks of available diagnostic procedures are explained and appropriate blood-work and/or prenatal testing is offered.
Common reasons for referral to a reproductive genetic counselor include:
- Advanced maternal or paternal age
- Abnormal nuchal translucency measurement and/or maternal serum marker screening results
- Abnormal ultrasound finding
- Multi-fetal pregnancy (twins, triplets, quadruplets, etc.)
- Personal or family history of a known or suspected genetic disorder
- Personal or family history of a structural birth defect and/or mental retardation
- Teratogen counseling (concern about exposure to medication, X-ray, alcohol, drugs, or environmental agents during pregnancy)
- Interest in pursuing routine carrier testing for common genetic disorders (such as cystic fibrosis, Tay Sachs, Fragile X, spinal muscular atrophy, etc.)
- Interpretation of positive carrier testing results
- A pregnancy is known to be at risk for a specific genetic disorder and targeted prenatal testing for this condition is desired
Our department accepts most major insurance plans. Whenever possible, counseling and testing is coordinated through the patients' insurance plans.
Please contact us at 212-241-6947 if you would like to schedule a genetic counseling appointment or to discuss a possible referral.
The Mount Sinai Health System
1428 Madison Ave (at 99th Street)
Atran Building, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10029
Division of Medical Genetics
Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029-6574
9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday
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