The Role of the Prenatal Genetic Counselor:


  • Help pregnant women and their families understand genetic or inherited risks to their babies.
  • Help pregnant women understand all of the genetic testing available to them.
  • Help pregnant women understand and handle a pregnancy with medical concerns or help them to prepare for the birth of a child with medical issues.
  • Provide emotional support to patients and families.

Some other specialties genetic counselors work in include:

Pediatric: working with children

Cancer: working with families affected by cancer

Cardiology: working with families affected by heart conditions

General Adult: working with adults