Genetic counseling plays an important role in overcoming fertility challenges. Our testing capabilities enable you to make informed decisions when planning your pregnancy.
Genetic counseling plays an important role in overcoming fertility challenges. Our testing capabilities enable you to make informed decisions when planning your pregnancy.

What Is Genetic Counseling

Genetic Counseling is a very important part of both pre-conception and pre-natal care. The role of a genetic counselor is to assess genetic risks for a couple and provide education and support for couples considering genetic testing. Counseling sessions typically involve reviewing a couple’s complete family medical history and discussing genetic testing options. Understanding a couple’s risk for passing on genetic diseases or for the pregnancy to be affected with chromosome abnormalities can greatly enhance patient outcomes.

For couples pursuing IVF, pre-implantation genetic testing can significantly improve pregnancy rates, by identifying those embryos that are genetically and chromosomally normal. Pre-Implanatation Genetic Testing may include PGS (Pre-implantation Genetic Screening) and/or PGD (Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis)

Good Candidates For Genetic Counseling

All RAD patients are offered carrier screening for common genetic diseases. However patients with the following histories may consider further genetic counseling.

  • History of multiple miscarriages
  • Family history of genetic diseases
  • Patient or partner is a carrier for a genetic disease
  • Advanced maternal age (>35) for a singleton pregnancy or advanced paternal age (>40)

 

Genetic Testing Offered At RAD

Genetic Carrier Screenings are available for all patients considering starting a family. This testing screens patients for a variety of the most commonly diagnosed genetic diseases, such as Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile X and SMA. We also offer pre-implantation genetic screening and diagnosis to evaluate the health of embryos.

 

Stephanie Hill, MS, Licensed Genetic Counselor

RAD is one of the few fertility centers that has a genetic counselor on staff to meet with patients. Stephanie Hill, MS, LCGC brings over 14 years of experience in genetic counseling and loves that there is always something new to learn since the field of genetics is always changing! Learn more about Stephanie Hill, MS, LCGC.


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Newark Office

4735 Ogletown-Stanton Road
M.A.P. 2, Suite #3217
Newark, DE 19713
Phone: (302) 602-8822
Fax: (302) 623-4241

 

Wilmington Office

Silverside Medical Center
2700 Silverside Road, Suite 2A
Wilmington, DE 19810
Phone: (302) 602-8822
Fax: (302) 623-4241

 

Dover Office

Eden Hill Medical Center
200 Banning Street, Suite 240
Dover, DE 19904
Phone: (302) 602-8822
Fax: (302) 623-4241

 

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