Reproductive Genetic Counseling

Reproductive genetics focuses on reproductive and fertility issues that can affect families, such as genetic and chromosomal abnormalities that can increase risks to biological children, a family history of genetic abnormalities, reproductive loss, and multiple miscarriages.

Through Beaumont’s division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, our Reproductive Genetics Program helps potential parents understand and assess the risk of having a child with a genetic or chromosomal condition. We work with families who are worried about passing on genetic conditions by offering testing and counseling. The counseling can help you decide whether you want to pursue genetic testing, and if you decide to go ahead with testing, we can help you and your family understand the potential risks of passing on diseases or conditions to your children. Testing can screen for many genetic conditions, some of which you may not even know you have. We also work with women and their partners after they’ve received test results that show potential fetal abnormalities.

There are many reasons couples seek reproductive genetic counseling and testing, including:

  • women who will be 35 years old or older at the time their babies are born
  • concern that their age may put their children at higher risk for problems
  • test results that show potential fetal abnormalities
  • knowledge that they are carriers for a disease
  • family history of genetic abnormalities
  • ethnic screening for groups that have a higher incidence of certain genetic issues
  • a personal history of multiple miscarriages and concern that genetics might play a role in their inability to carry a pregnancy to term

For couples who are planning to conceive but are unsure of whether an inherited or developmental condition will occur, our board certified genetic specialists provide:

  • counseling
  • preimplantation genetic diagnosis to diagnose a specific genetic disorder comprehensive chromosomal screening to diagnosis any chromosomal disorders

Common reasons for referral

  • carrier screenings for thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), and other related conditions
  • Teratogen exposure 
  • advanced maternal age 
  • multiple miscarriages
  • abnormal ultrasound findings
  • abnormal non-invasive prenatal screen, first trimester screen, or quad screen