RMA of New York has a genetic counselor on staff to assist you in understanding family history, genetic predispositions, and complex genetic information before and during pregnancy.
Our genetics counselor, Teresa Cacchione, has advanced training in both medical genetics and counseling, and counsels patients needing:
- Interpretation of family and medical histories to assess the risk for diseases with a strong genetic component and the chance of recurrence
- Education about disease inheritance, management, prevention, and resources
- Education about genetic tests and what they may or may not tell you
- Interpretation of genetic testing results
- Counseling to promote informed choices about genetic health
In a pre-conception setting, genetic counseling is focused on reproductive risk and involves meeting with you and your partner to discuss topics such as:
- Parental carrier screening results and residual risk
- Autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, and X-linked disorders
- Translocations and chromosomal variants
- A family history of genetic disorders
- Whether a family history of cancer warrants further evaluation
- Selection of a genetically compatible egg or sperm donor
- Risk of chromosomally abnormal embryos (Aneuploidy)
- Preimplantation Genetic Testing for known parental mutations (PGT-M) and cytogenetic anomalies (PGT-SR)
- Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT-A) for aneuploidy
Genetic counseling is available while you are planning a pregnancy and to help you and your partner understand your options, including whether to proceed with genetic testing or determine which reproductive options are right for you.
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