Preconception Counseling Appointment Step-by-Step
Seeking preconception genetic counseling from the experts at Insight is the best way to get informed about your genetic background so that you can make fully informed decisions about your future reproduction.
Most of our patients are referred to Insight by their primary care physician or OB/GYN specialist. Patients can also contact Insight directly to begin the preconception counseling process.
What to Expect
As part of our wider suite of preconception services, the preconception counseling process begins with an in-office session with a genetic counselor which usually lasts 30 to 60 minutes. Here’s how the process works:
- When you first arrive, you will fill out a questionnaire that contains questions about your personal and family history.
- Your genetic counselor will carefully review your answers to the questionnaire to determine your specific risk factors.
- You will then meet with your genetic counselor in a private office, where you will complete your family tree with your counselor. As part of this process, you should be prepared to candidly discuss any mental or physical conditions of anyone in your family.
- Your genetic counselor will then perform an assessment to determine if there are factors in your personal or family history that could pose a potential problem to a pregnancy.
- Lastly, your genetic counselor will explain the testing options available to you. At this point, you may choose to proceed with testing.
- If you choose to have testing, your blood will be drawn following your counseling appointment.
- After the initial visit, most follow-up can be done over the phone. If you had testing, your genetic counselor will call you in two weeks with test results. Additionally, a copy of the results will be sent to your physician.
Empowering Our Patients With Knowledge
The job of our genetic counselors is to provide our patients with knowledge and the full range of options as they are considering pregnancy. Some patients go through the full genetic counseling process, and then decide that they are not interested in undergoing any of the tests. This is perfectly fine. Our job is to give information and support, making sure people have what they need to go forward and be confident in a future pregnancy.