Many birth defects occur from inheritable problems. If there is a family history of birth defects or you are at increased risk of having a baby with a birth defect due to your age or other problem, you should discuss these situations with someone knowledgeable about genetically inherited problems. A meeting between you, your partner, and a genetic counselor can help you understand your risks and alternatives. These sessions are confidential and may require more than one visit. People who should receive genetic counseling are women over 35, those with a family history of genetic disorders such as spina bifida, Down syndrome, sickle cell anemia, and neurological problems; those whose partner is a relative, and women who have had previous miscarriages. In some situations, your doctor or other professional may provide this information.
YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN