If you have a family history of genetic disorders, are over the age of 35 or have had a child with a genetic disorder, you are at higher risk of having a baby with a genetic condition. Downs Syndrome, thalassaemia, haemophilia, cystic fibrosis and Tay-Sachs disease are some of the more commonly diagnosed genetic conditions.
If you are at higher risk of having a baby with a genetic disorder it is important to discuss this with your doctor to find out what tests and counselling options are available to you before and during pregnancy.
For more information;
Pregnancy Birth & Beyond – What is genetic counselling
The Royal Women’s Hospital – Genetic testing in pregnancy
Genetics Services in the ACT
ACT Health – Canberra Hospital Genetics Service
Human Genetic Society of Australasia – ACT Genetics Service
Compass Fertility – Genetic Counselling
Genea – Genetic testing
IVF Australia –Genetic Testing
Source: (The Royal Women’s Hospital)