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“Will my baby be normal?” That

is the question that all parents

ask, and some with good reason.

Knowing the family history of both

you and your baby’s father will

allow your healthcare provider to

anticipate certain problems that

can be minimized with proper

care. Today, medical technology

has allowed for better diagnoses

of certain genetically transmitted

diseases. Prenatal tests for more

than 800 genetic disorders have

been developed. A procedure called

amniocentesis, usually performed

from 14 to 16 weeks of pregnancy,

tests the fluid surrounding the baby

and allows certaindiseases andother

factors like the sex of the baby to be

detected. Other highly specialized

tests may be required, depending

on the family’s medical history.

Genetic and Family History

There are certain family medical

conditions that are important to the

health of your baby. The following

questionnaire will help determine

if you are a candidate for special

genetic counseling or testing.

While good prenatal care can significantly decrease any

harmful risks to you and your baby, there are no guarantees that

you pregnancy will proceed normally.

You should make note of any questions that you answer “Yes”

and discuss themwith your healthcare provider.

Question

Yes

No

Will you be 35 or older by your due date?

______ ______

Have you, your baby’s father or anyone in your family had:

Down syndrome?...........................................................................................

______ ______

Spina bifida or myelomeningocele (open spine)?......................

Hemophilia?.......................................................................................................

______

______

______

______

Muscular dystrophy?.....................................................................................

______ ______

Mental retardation?........................................................................................

______ ______

Sickle cell disease?..........................................................................................

______ ______

Tay-Sachs disease?..........................................................................................

______ ______

Cystic fibrosis?...................................................................................................

______ ______

Have you or your baby’s father produced a child born with a

defect not listed in the box above or that was stillborn?

______

______

Do you, your baby’s father or a close relative in either family

have any inherited genetic or chromosomal disorder not

listed?

______

______

Are you, your baby’s father or a close relative of:

Jewish ancestry or a descendant from

Eastern European people? .................................................................

Mediterranean ancestry?............................................................................

______

______

______

______

Have you or a previous spouse of your baby’s father had 3 or

more miscarriages?

______

______

Prenatal Diagnosis of

Genetic Disorders

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Great Expectations