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Genetic Counseling Specialist

Advanced Perinatal Associates -  - OBGYN

Advanced Perinatal Associates

OBGYN located in Manalapan, NJ & Little Silver, NJ

Genetic counseling gives you valuable information about your child, based on inherited medical traits. At Advanced Perinatal Associates, with offices in Manalapan and Little Silver, New Jersey, the team of genetic counseling experts led by Paul Matta, DO, can help you know what to expect and how to cope with challenges. Book your appointment by phone or through the online scheduling tool now.

Genetic Counseling Q & A

What is genetic counseling?

Genetic counseling is a large body of tests, procedures, and medical support that combine to help you understand how genetics may impact your pregnancy. 

Using information from family medical histories, the medical histories of you and your partner, and test results, the genetic counseling team at Advanced Perinatal Associates can determine your child's risk for birth defects and genetic conditions.

When does genetic counseling occur?

Genetic counseling may occur both before and during pregnancy. Prior to pregnancy, genetic counseling can diagnose and address issues that may impact a future pregnancy.

During pregnancy, genetic counseling can identify issues that could occur in your baby's future. Counseling at this time can also help you to prepare if your baby has an inherited condition. 

When might I need genetic counseling?

The Advanced Perinatal Associates team might recommend genetic counseling if you're in specific groups, including:

  • Age 35 or older
  • Pregnant with multiples
  • History of pregnancy loss
  • Abnormal routine prenatal testing
  • Family history of disorders like cystic fibrosis or sickle cell disease
  • You have another child with a congenital disorder
  • Partner is a first cousin

Genetic counseling isn't limited to these situations, either. If you have concerns about your pregnancy and need this information for peace of mind, ask the Advanced Perinatal Associates team whether they recommend genetic counseling in your situation.

How does genetic counseling work?

Genetic counseling commonly encompasses:

  • Pre-pregnancy screenings
  • Extensive family health history review
  • Extensive personal health history review
  • Lab testing, such as blood and saliva tests
  • Lab testing for your partner
  • Additional advanced testing, where needed

Ultimately, genetic counseling includes gathering a large amount of detailed genetic information, which your counselors then use to explain problems, outline your alternatives, and support you as you prepare for your child's birth. 

How can I prepare for genetic counseling?

Before genetic counseling, it's important to have access to all of your medical records. It also helps to compile a family medical history, in particular any history involving genetic disorders or diseases. The Advanced Perinatal Associates team can help you gather information so you can get the most from your genetic counseling.

Book your genetic counseling appointment by clicking the provided scheduling link or by calling the Advanced Perinatal Associates office nearest you now.