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What is genetic counselling?

If your prenatal screening result is positive, you can talk to a genetic counsellor.

A genetic counsellor is a specially trained health care professional who can help you understand your prenatal screening result.

Genetic counsellors can help you make a decision about whether to have diagnostic testing.

Genetic counsellors will support your decisions no matter what you decide.

If you decide to have diagnostic testing and you learn that your baby has Down syndrome, trisomy 18 or open spina bifida, you can talk to a genetic counsellor.

Your health care provider will talk to you about your diagnostic test results and your choices.

Genetic counsellors can also talk with you about your diagnostic test results and your choices: continuing the pregnancy, adoption or having an abortion.

Making a decision is not easy.

Genetic counsellors can help to find resources like support groups that may help you during and after your decision making.

Genetic counsellors will support your decisions no matter what you decide.

Remember that most babies are born healthy.