7 reasons couples often skip a critical step in parent planning

Doctors agree that finding out your genetic makeup before getting pregnant is among the most important steps you can take to plan for a healthy child. And yet many parents skip it. Why?

  1. “We don’t have a family history of genetic diseases so we figure our baby will be just fine.”
    Here’s a little-known fact: More than 80 percent of babies born with a genetic disease have no known family history. Ordinary testing fails to pick up many problems since most target only a handful of diseases. With the Family Prep Screen you can now find out, with one simple saliva test, whether you and your partner are carriers of more than 100 genetic diseases.
  2. “We’re dealing with fertility issues so our focus is on having a baby.”

    If you’re going through the trouble and expense of fertility treatments, you might as well find out whether you and your partner carry genes for the same health problem. A Family Prep Screen gives you that peace of mind. And if an issue is uncovered, the fertility treatments can be used to screen for healthy embryos.
  3. “I’m Jewish but my husband isn’t so we figure the risk of Tay-Sachs disease is low.”
    Family history can be pretty murky. As an example, let’s say you’re Jewish but your partner isn’t; it turns out that diseases like Tay-Sachs exist outside of the Jewish population, too. The same is true of other diseases and, let’s face it, many of us don’t really know our family histories that well. A Family Prep Screen is your ticket to finding out the truth about your past.
  4. “Genetic testing is too expensive.”
    Identifying carrier genes for more than 100 serious diseases costs less than a couple of hundred bucks, thanks to state-of-the-art technology pioneered by Counsyl. It helps that the test is covered by major insurers.

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  5. “We’re going to keep our baby no matter what so why bother finding out if there’s a problem?”
    For the same reason you do an ultrasound. Chances are nothing is wrong but if there is an issue you can plan ahead, for instance, lining up the right specialists before birth or putting your newborn on a life-changing special diet.

  6. “I’m having an amnio so that should cover it.”
    Nope. Neither an amniocentesis or CVS routinely checks for rare inherited diseases but they can be programmed to look for conditions identified on the Family Prep Screen by request. The key is to have it done before you do any other kind of test during pregnancy.
  7. “It sounds a little scary.”
    We know – it’s much more fun to think about baby names or where you’ll stash the crib. But each Family Prep Screen includes a phone session with a board-certified genetic counselor who helps make sense of the results and offers guidance – that should make you feel better!

Find out more about how the Family Prep Screen is revolutionizing the way couples are planning for children!

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