Being an expectant mother can be nerve-wracking, especially if you are considered a high-risk pregnancy or have a family history of certain genetic disorders. Genetic counselors at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) can help by providing important information about whether your child is at risk for a genetic disorder.
Genetic counselors at LVHN are master’s-level health care professionals who have passed an exam to certify their knowledge. Their goal is to gather information about your family history and the family history of your partner so they can recommend any tests that may be beneficial to you and your baby.
“Genetic counseling can be an important tool for women who are at an increased risk for having a child with certain medical conditions. In addition to helping the parents, extra screening can prepare the medical team in the event the baby needs special care at birth,” says Jessica Barry, genetic counselor, LVPG Maternal Fetal Medicine–Hamilton Blvd.