When to seek genetic counseling
Genetic counseling helps couples assess their risk of having a child with an inherited disorder and to understand the cause of the disorder. It can also provide information on testing, management, treatment and prognosis.
- Sessions usually last one hour or more, depending upon the complexity of the disorder.
- Counseling can be provided by a geneticist, a physician with special training and board certification in genetics or by genetic counselors.
- Reasons to seek genetic counseling include family factors, pregnancy and other factors, such as a couple's ethnicity.
Genetic counseling at Boston Children's Hospital
The Advanced Fetal Care Center (AFCC) at Children's supports the needs of families at every step of care for a wide range of congenital anomalies, from diagnosis and counseling through treatment and follow-up. Our AFCC's groundbreaking work has significantly improved outcomes for babies with complex health concerns, while giving families hope and compassionate care along the way.