Pre-pregnancy and Prenatal Genetic Testing
We continue our twice-monthly series with Women’s Telehealth’s Tanya Mack. She caught up with Certified Genetic Counselor, Rachel Klein, of GenPath Diagnostics. The topic of discussion was focused on pre-pregnancy and prenatal genetic testing, when it makes sense, the difference between screening and diagnostic tests, how to deal with results, and more.
Women are routinely offered a variety of genetic tests during the first three months of pregnancy in the US. Every woman wants to believe their baby is normal and uncomplicated. However, the CDC reports that 1:33 babies born in the US will have a birth defect. Genetic tests, both screening and diagnostic, show the likelihood that a developing baby has a genetic condition that may cause problems with growth, development and bodily functions.
Information from genetic testing plus the mother’s age, the couple’s ethnic background and a family history of a genetic disorder can help calculate the odds that the fetus might have a defect such as Cystic Fibrosis, Tay-Sach’s Disease, Sickle Cell Anemia, Down’s Syndrome or neural tube defects. Joining us for this segment of Top Docs is Rachel Klein, a Certified Genetic Counselor from one of the nation’s leading prenatal genetic testing labs, GenPath.
Rachel Klein, Genetic Counseling Program Manager, GenPath Diagnostics