When to consider genetic counseling

Obstetrician & Gynecologist Anthony Chin, MD, shares advice on when to consider seeking genetic counseling during pregnancy to test for genetic diseases
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When to consider genetic counseling

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People ask about genetic counselling during pregnancy. While you are pregnant, there may be certain ethnic backgrounds that have a predisposition for having something genetic. For example, people who are African American, are carriers for Sickle Cell Disease, whereas, where people are Jewish, they have a predisposition for certain genetic diseases. Your doctor, based on your ethnic background, might decide to draw some labs to see if your baby is at risk for one of these genetic diseases. In addition, as a woman gets older, her risk of chromosomal abnormalities start to increase as well. Based on your age, your doctor might also do some tests to figure out if you are at risk for a chromosomal disorder, such as, Down Syndrome.

Obstetrician & Gynecologist Anthony Chin, MD, shares advice on when to consider seeking genetic counseling during pregnancy to test for genetic diseases

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Anthony Chin, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Dr. Anthony Chin was born in Hollywood, CA and raised in Santa Monica, CA.  He was educated at UCLA and graduated with a BS in Molecular Biology.  Dr. Chin attended medical school at UCLA and finished his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  Board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and published in peer reviewed journals, Dr. Chin is the  recipient of several research, patient satisfaction and teaching awards, and continues to be involved with the teaching of medical students and resident physicians.  He is happily married and has a three month old daughter named Alaia Rose. 

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