Special counselling given to people where there is any likelihood that the baby they have conceived or are about to conceive may inherit a genetic disorder or disease. This is likely if the disease or disorder is one which has:
• Affected any other children in the family
• Affected other members of the family (i.e. grandparents or close family).
For example, there can be a heart-breaking debate if a mother has conceived and is carrying a child with Down’s syndrome as to whether she should go ahead with the pregnancy or have an abortion . A professional genetic counsellor is available to provide a means of support, and the opportunity to discuss options. Furthermore, genetic counselling sometimes takes place after the birth of a baby with a genetic disease or disorder. The questions then are, will future babies be affected and should the parents try for more children?