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Genetic Counseling

  • What do you do if you want to get pregnant but know you have a family history of Huntington disease or cystic fibrosis?
  • If you have a child with an inheritable illness, what are the chances a second child will have the same condition?
  • What does the future hold for someone diagnosed with a genetic disease?

These are some of the questions to which a genetic counselor can help you find answers. Christine Hake, CGC, is a specially trained genetic counselor with years of experience in addressing questions like these. She uses family histories and a wide range of medical tests to help patients and families understand, prevent or learn how to live with certain genetic diseases or conditions. Counseling may occur from any point before conception through adulthood.

Those who may benefit from genetic counseling include persons or families who have:

  • Women who are:
    • 34 and older who are either pregnant or planning a pregnancy
    • Pregnant and at high risk due to abnormal screening tests or ultrasound
    • Pregnant and concerned about the effects of exposure to medications, chemicals, or certain work conditions
  • Those who have:
    • History of multiple miscarriages, stillbirths or early infant deaths
    • Family history of common birth defects
    • Genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome or Huntington disease
    • Family members with mental retardation
    • Hearing or visual impairments
    • Higher risk of certain disorders due to ethnic background or geographic location
    • Family history of certain cardiac disorders, cancer or psychiatric disorders

For more information, contact us at: 812/ 842-4550