Genetic counseling

Who should have genetic counseling?

Genetic counseling is recommended for:

  • Parents of a child with a birth problem
  • People with a family history of intellectual disability, developmental delay or any other birth problem
  • Members of racial or ethnic groups with a high incidence of genetic disorders — for example, African Americans (sickle cell anemia), Ashkenazi Jews (Tay-Sachs), and those of Greek, Italian and Asian descent (thalassemia)
  • Women over 35 years of age who are pregnant or considering pregnancy
  • Couples who have experienced two or more miscarriages
  • Couples who have had a stillborn baby
  • Parents of infants who have died of unknown causes
  • Anyone with a relative who has a significant intellectual disability