This week we are talking with genetic counselor Ushta Davar Canteenwalla. There are so many testing options these days but very little support to understand the nuances to ultimately help people decide what the best test is for them. As we’ve discussed time and time again on the show, knowledge is power. People who are informed in advance about their testing options make better decisions, have more meaningful conversations with their OB or midwife, and are better prepared for potential curveballs.
As a board certified licensed genetic counselor with over 16 years experience in clinical genetics, Ushta is here to discuss what exactly genetic testing entails and how it can help expectant parents. Hopefully this interview will bring some clarity and confidence about choosing the best genetic tests.
In this Episode, You’ll Learn About:
- What is a genetic counselor
- Who should consider seeing a genetic counselor, either before or during pregnancy
- What is genetic testing and what different types are available
- Which factors should people consider when deciding whether to get genetic testing
- What role does family history play in genetic testing
- What can (and CAN’T) genetic testing tell you
- What happens if you get abnormal results
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