Genetic counselling will be key to help parents navigate changes in prenatal testing

Jon was invited to write this opinion piece by The Guardian
13th July 2021

Excerpt from article:

As a genetic counsellor I try to help people make sense of genetics, inheritance and their family history. One important area is having conversations with parents who have an increased risk of having a child born with an inherited condition or disability.

While prenatal genetic testing has been available for many years, until recently this was only possible using invasive procedures, which carried small risk of miscarriage. Now a new technology – non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) – allows parents to have genetic testing with no miscarriage risk by testing fetal DNA that is circulating in the mother’s blood.

Citation:

Roberts J (2021) Op Ed. 'Genetic counselling will be key to help parents navigate changes in prenatal testing.' The Guardian. 13 July. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/13/genetic-counsellin... [Accessed: 13 July 2021]