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Get the information you need about the genetic health of your baby. Through personalized guidance, genetic counseling empowers you to make informed decisions about prenatal testing options, understand potential risks and prepare emotionally for the journey ahead.

What is Prenatal Genetic Counseling?

Prenatal genetic counseling is a specialized service that provides you and your family with information and support about genetic conditions, inherited diseases and their implications. Genetic counselors help people understand their risk of developing or passing on genetic disorders based on their family history, medical background and genetic testing results. They offer personalized guidance, discuss available testing options, interpret genetic test results and assist you in making informed decisions about medical management, family planning and lifestyle choices. 

Genetic counseling starts with an assessment of your family medical history and a discussion of the inheritance patterns of genetic conditions. From there, we explore available genetic testing options that are right for you. We will be by your side to help you interpret test results and offer guidance on medical management strategies, family planning decisions and lifestyle adjustments. 

Genetic counseling at Inspira empowers you to navigate the complex genetic aspects of your health and pregnancy, so you can make decisions that align with your values and goals. Throughout this process, you can expect comprehensive, attentive care so you can make informed decisions that align with your values and goals.

How Prenatal Genetic Counseling Works

In prenatal genetic counseling, we assess your family's medical history to identify potential genetic risks or inherited conditions. We discuss various genetic tests, including carrier screening, diagnostic testing, and predictive genetic testing. Carrier screening helps identify gene mutations for genetic disorders, aiding in informed family planning decisions.

At Inspira, we offer a range of prenatal genetic testing options, including non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS), amniocentesis, and chorionic villus sampling (CVS). NIPS, a simple blood test, analyzes fetal DNA circulating in the birthing parent’s bloodstream to assess the risk of chromosomal abnormalities.

For more definitive results, procedures like amniocentesis and CVS may be recommended. Amniocentesis collects amniotic fluid for genetic analysis, while CVS samples placental tissue. Our experienced team will guide you through, explaining the benefits and risks and offering emotional support.

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Prenatal Genetic Counseling at Inspira: What to Expect 

Embarking on a pregnancy journey can bring about a range of emotions and questions, especially regarding genetic health. Our genetic counselors offer compassionate support and personalized guidance tailored to your needs during this transformative time. 

When you choose genetic counseling at Inspira, you can expect a comprehensive, supportive experience. Our seasoned genetic counselors will start by discussing your medical history and any concerns you may have about genetic conditions that could affect your baby. In addition, Inspira's partnership with Penn Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) allows our patients access to physicians with fellowship training in advanced prenatal technologies. These specialists collaborate with you and your provider to increase your chances for a successful pregnancy. 

We understand that every pregnancy is unique, and we’re here to address your specific questions and provide clarity every step of the way. We’ll explain each test in detail, discuss potential outcomes and provide emotional support as you navigate this important aspect of your prenatal care. Rest assured that at Inspira, you’re valued as an individual—and we’re here to guide you with compassion and expertise, putting your needs and concerns first.

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