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

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

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. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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How can I become a genetic counselor?

How can I become a genetic counselor?

Education & Training: Genetic counselors hold masters degrees in genetic counseling and then take board certification examinations. In some states they must be licensed as well. To learn more, go to the national Society of Genetic Counselors website (http://www.nsgc.org/). ...Read more

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Who are genetic counselors working for?

Who are genetic counselors working for?

You, mostly.: Or whoever has them on salary - doctor, group practice, hospital, hmo. ...Read more

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How do I get referral for genetic counselors?

How do I get referral for genetic counselors?

Ask: Your physician may be able to point you in the right direction. You can also find a genetic counselor at the national society of genetic counselors website. ...Read more

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What is a genetic counselor? Is that a doctor?

What is a genetic counselor? Is that a doctor?

Website: Go to www.Genome.Gov and on the right side scroll down to "genetic disorders faq" and click on it for a pretty complete reference site. In the list on the left pick "faq about genetic counseling". You may get there directly by going to: www, genome.Gov/19016905. ...Read more

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How would find a genetics counselor?

Pre-or postnatal?: Prenatal genetic counselors are usually housed with perinatologists, OB specialists. Geneticists are usually faculty in pediatrics departments of medical schools. Try http://www.Geneclinics.Org or http://www.Nsgc.Org. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantage of a genetic counselor?

What are the disadvantage of a genetic counselor?

None: A genetic counselor should provide you with non-judgmental advice pertaining to genetic risks. They are educators foremost and as the saying goes, knowledge is power. ...Read more

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What is involved in becoming a genetic counselor?

2 years: Most gc programs are pretty difficult to get in to because they are small. You will actually take medical school classes like physiology but also intensive genetics courses. You will train with other gcs during internships. It is a rewarding occupation. ...Read more

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What is a genetic counselor and is it expensive to see one?

Masters Degree: Genetic counselors go through 2 years of postgraduate studies to learn about genetic diseases and how to discuss them with affected patients and their families. They are very helpful and not very expensive. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Counselors (Definition)

Counselors/therapists are health professionals who usually specialize in a particular mode of therapy such as psychotherapy (counseling) or art therapy to help patients tackle various issues. Such issues may be phobias (fears) of the patient, mental health ...Read more


Dr. Gary Stephens
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Stillbirth (Definition)

A stillbirth is a condition in which fetal death occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most cases are due to unknown causes, but some possible causes include bacterial infection, genetic defects, recreational drug use by the mother, physical trauma, ...Read more