1. A genetic counselor is a specially trained health professional who works with a couple to determine their risk of passing on an inheritable disease to their baby. The counselor thoroughly investigates the personal and family health history and ancestry of both mother and father. He or she helps the couple interpret information about a particular disorder, learn about inheritance patterns and the risks that a disease will recur, and review available options.

    Genetic counseling is unnecessary for most couples, but it can be very helpful if you fall into one or more risk categories.

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