Prenatal Genetic Counseling

Expectant parents often have concerns about their baby's health before it is born.

At UC San Diego Health, our prenatal genetic counselor can help you learn valuable information about your baby's genetic health and whether to proceed with prenatal screening.

Prenatal genetic counseling is a professional assessment of risk factors that you and your partner's family might have, as well as your medical and pregnancy history. It defines risks for conditions that might be passed down to your baby and can identify underlying genetic causes for anything unusual in your pregnancy. 

Our Genetic Specialists

Our board-certified medical geneticists and genetic counselors are available to help you make important decisions about your current and future pregnancies. UC San Diego Health is nationally recognized for our screening program for chromosomal abnormalities and other birth defects. 

An expert medical team of perinatologists and genetic counselors is available to guide you during your pregnancy or pregnancy planning.

When to See a Genetic Counselor

Prenatal genetic counseling can occur:

  • Before pregnancy with preconception counseling and carrier testing of the parents
  • During pregnancy to help you and your partner decide if prenatal screening is needed