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Caring for your baby's health begins even before you become pregnant. At the Preconception & Prenatal Counseling & Diagnosis Program at Tufts Medical Center, we provide couples with the information they need to make informed decisions about family planning.
We understand it can be difficult to consider that your child may be at risk for a genetic disease. Our compassionate, experienced doctors and genetic counselors will be there for you at every stage of your screening and diagnosis. Our goal is to help you choose the reproductive options that are best for you and your family.
Our services include:
We diagnose and screen for common genetic conditions such as:
Your OB/GYN may recommend standard prenatal screenings, such as those for Down syndrome, regardless of your personal risk factors.
You or you partner should consider additional testing if:
Preconception genetic screening can reveal if you and/or your partner are carriers for a specific genetic condition. Once your results are available, our genetic counselors will help you understand your reproductive risks and provide you with the information and support you need to make informed reproductive decisions. We work closely with the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine to provide reproductive options such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis, sperm/egg donation and chorionic villus sampling (CVS) during your pregnancy.
Prenatal screening can help put your mind at ease with a simple blood test. If your results are negative, you'll know your baby is not at risk for a genetic condition, and you can focus on having a happy, healthy pregnancy.
If a prenatal screening indicates your baby may be at risk for a genetic condition, prenatal or newborn diagnostic testing (e.g. amniocentesis) through the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine can help you get the answers you need to make informed decisions about your and your child's health.
Your geneticist and genetic counselor work closely with you to develop a care plan that's right for you, your partner and your baby. We also work with other Tufts MC physicians, including fertility and high-risk pregnancy specialists from the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program, to make sure your family gets the high-quality treatment you deserve.
We understand that caring for a child with a genetic condition can seem overwhelming. Of course, you want what's best for your baby right from the start.
We make transitioning from prenatal to pediatric care easy and worry-free. Our doctors and genetic counselors care for the full spectrum of hereditary disorders in both adults and children. This means you and your child can continue to receive care at Tufts MC — often from the same doctors you saw during your family planning and pregnancy.
Learn more about our Genetic Syndromes Program.
Founded in the early 1960s, the Genetics & Metabolism Division provides diagnosis, evaluation and lifelong care for adults and children with genetic and metabolic disorders. Our experienced team helps 1,500 patients a year to optimize their well-being by taking control of their condition.
Genetic counselors help patients and families understand genetic medicine while providing support and resources to make informed decisions about their health.
At Tufts MC, your genetic counselor is your partner in care. Many patients meet with our genetic counselor at the first appointment and often at follow-up appointments. In addition, our counselor works closely with our doctors to ensure you receive accurate, up-to-date responses to all your questions.
Your genetic counselor can:
We value our relationship with primary care physicians, and we're committed to communicating with you throughout your patient's genetic screening or treatment.