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If you have a stillbirth are you automatically referred to a genetic counselor?

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Dr. Karl Muench
Clinical Genetics 62 years experience
No: Not automatically, because a stillbirth can have an obviously non-genetic cause, such as an umbilical cord accident. When the cause is unknown, a genetic investigation is indicated.
Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Depends: If there is a clearly identified non genetic reason for the stillbirth then a referral may not be indicated. Otherwise there may be a need to check parental chromosomes, test the baby for inborn errors of metabolism and see a genetic counselor for advice regarding future pregnancies.

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