The Center for Medical Genetics focuses on adult genetic disorders. Prenatal genetics patients are referred to Prenatal Genetic Counseling in NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Maternity Services located in Evanston Hospital.

During prenatal genetic counseling, technical information is explained in terms that can be easily understood. Information is given in an unbiased manner so that individuals can make decisions based on their own personal beliefs. 

Prenatal genetic counselors also provide emotional support to help people cope with the information that is discussed.  Couples who are thinking about having a child may consider genetic counseling to learn about their testing and screening options during a future pregnancy.

Services Offered

  • Preconception counseling and genetic testing
  • Counseling about prenatal genetic testing and screening options
  • 1st trimester Down syndrome screening (also known as BUN testing)
  • Prenatal genetic diagnosis by amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS) to look at chromosomes and known genetic diseases.
  • Counseling to discuss results, prognosis, provide education and support and to assist in decision making.

If you are interested in prenatal genetic counseling, appointments are available through the Prenatal Genetic Counseling office at Evanston Hospital by calling 847.570.2864.

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