Genetic Counseling Specialist

Signature Perinatal Center

Sasha Davidson, MD, FACOG

Perinatal Specialist located in Fort Lauderdale, FL

If you’re concerned about passing a genetic disease or disorder onto your children, OB/GYN and maternal-fetal medicine specialist Sasha Davidson, MD, FACOG, can help. Dr. Davidson provides genetic counseling at Signature Perinatal Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If you or your obstetrician think genetic counseling may be helpful, don’t hesitate to call Signature Perinatal Center or book an appointment online today.

Genetic Counseling

What is genetic counseling?

There are many different prenatal tests available to monitor your health throughout pregnancy. Genetic tests provide information on the likelihood that your children will inherit a genetic disease or disorder from you or your partner.

With a commitment to science-backed maternal-fetal medicine, Dr. Davidson offers genetic counseling services at Signature Perinatal Center. Depending on your needs, genetic counseling may involve:

  • Reviewing your personal and family medical history
  • Ordering genetic tests as necessary
  • Evaluating the results of genetic tests
  • Advising you on the best steps to take for optimal health

Genetic testing involves analyzing a small sample of blood or other body tissues to identify whether you, your partner, or your developing baby carry genes for inherited health problems.

What health problems can I pass along to my child?

At Signature Perinatal Center, Dr. Davidson specializes in helping women who are at risk of passing an inherited health problem along to their baby. Common genetic abnormalities she screens for include:

  • Down syndrome (trisomy 21)
  • Sickle-cell anemia
  • Tay-Sachs disease
  • Spina bifida and other neural tube defects
  • Cystic fibrosis

Dr. Davidson analyzes the results of your genetic tests and then explains your next steps in a nurturing, compassionate manner.

Why should I seek genetic counseling?

There are many reasons for scheduling a genetic counseling visit. Your obstetrician may refer you to Dr. Davidson if one of your prenatal screening tests yielded an abnormal result. They may also recommend genetic counseling if you have factors for a high-risk pregnancy such as:

  • Advanced maternal age (over 35)
  • History of two or more miscarriages or stillbirths
  • Either parent has an inherited disease
  • Either parent has a family history of inherited disorders
  • Either parent already has a child with a genetic disorder
  • Either parent was exposed to harmful medicines, drugs, or other substances

Or, you may choose to have genetic counseling on your own. No matter what your particular reasons are, Dr. Davidson is dedicated to providing you with the same gentle guidance she would give to her own family.

To learn more about genetic counseling for a healthy pregnancy, call Signature Perinatal Center or book an appointment online today.

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