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AAQ: Who Should Seek Genetic Counseling?

AAQ: Who Should Seek Genetic Counseling?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 3% of babies born in the United States will have a birth defect. Genetic counseling is not necessary for the majority of couples who are pregnant or planning on getting pregnant.

Genetic counseling should be considered by couples who have one or more of the following risk factors:

Abnormal results from routine prenatal testing.
Amniocentesis results that identify a chromosomal defect.
An inherited disease present in a close family member.
A child with a birth defect or genetic disorder.
Mother over 35 years old.

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