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Genetic Counseling

The Center for Medical Genetics

Genetic Counseling

The Center for Medical Genetics provides prenatal and adult genetic counseling, including cardiovascular, neurologic, gastrointestinal and other adult genetic diseases. 

Genetic counselors provide information and offer support by simplifying genetic concepts into useful information. A genetic counselor can meet with a person or family that may be at risk for an inherited disease or abnormal pregnancy outcome. The information provided in a session can help individuals make informed and personal decisions about their own health, their pregnancy and genetic testing.

When you go to see a genetic counselor, he or she:

  • will record your family history and your own medical background
  • will put together a picture of how your family's health may affect your children
  • may review testing options available in the context of your family planning goals and ethical and religious beliefs
  • will help you and your physician/provider interpret medical information and the role of heredity as it applies to your family

Review of testing results will be coordinated between the genetic counselor, the person or couple and the referring physician/ provider.  In the event of troubling results, the counselor will provide information to help make decisions that best fit your needs. The counselor can also refer you to resources in your community including medical specialists or family support groups that deal with specific genetic conditions.

Appointments usually take about one hour. This gives you plenty of time to ask the physician or genetic counselor questions.

Preparing for Your Genetic Counseling Visit

During your genetic counseling visit, we will review your family history and the father of the baby’s family history. We will ask about immediate family members (parents, siblings and children) and extended family members (aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents), and would like to know about any relative with a:

  • History of intellectual disability, developmental delay or mental retardation
  • History of birth defect (e.g. cleft lip, cleft palate, spina bifida, heart defects)
  • History of infertility and/or multiple miscarriages (2 consecutive or more)
  • History of any cancer – which cancer, and the age when they were diagnosed
  • History of any heart condition
  • History of diabetes, high blood pressure/hypertension and thyroid issues
  • History of genetic testing
  • History of any other medical issue that you are concerned about for your pregnancy

You may find it helpful to talk to your family members and the father of the baby’s family members to find out as much medical information as you can about both family histories.

Please call at (603) 516-0092 if you have any questions. 

Clinical Genetics

Eugene Soares, M.D.,PHD

Wentworth Health Partners The Center for Medical Genetics

Dover, NH 03820

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