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Opal Jean Hood, MD
(252) 816-2525
East Carolina U Sch Medicine Department Peds/genet
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1976

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Karen Russell Schmidt, MD
(252) 744-2525
Rm 3E140 Brody Medcl Scienc
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1987

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Opal Jean Hood, MD
(252) 816-2525
East Carolina U Sch Medicine Department Peds/genet
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1976

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Cynthia Marion Powell, MD
(919) 966-1595
Carrboro, NC
Specialties
Clinical Genetics, Clinical Cytogenetics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: University Of North Carolina H, Chapel Hill, Nc

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Lisa Louise Brailey, MD
(919) 932-3178
4521 Cedar Pass
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1998

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Karen Russell Schmidt, MD
(252) 816-2525
600 Moye Blvd Ste 3E140
Greenville, NC
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1987

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John Edward Spence, MD
(704) 355-3159
PO Box 32861
Charlotte, NC
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1981

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Henry Neil Kirkman Jr, MD
(919) 966-1447
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Pediatrics, Medical Genetics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1952
Hospital
Hospital: University Of North Carolina H, Chapel Hill, Nc

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Cynthia Marion Powell, MD
(919) 966-4202
Med Wing C Rm 47,
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Medical Genetics, Clinical Cytogenetics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1987

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Tamison Jewett, MD
(336) 716-2899
Medical Center Blvd
Winston-Salem, NC
Specialties
Medical Genetics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1984

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Should You See a Genetic Counselor?

If you're pregnant, you may already know a bit about genetic counseling. Genetic counseling takes both parents' health information into account, as well as family history, to determine the risks of the baby having certain genetic defects. While there's no guarantee that seeing a genetic counselor will eliminate all of your risks, with over 13,000 known gene disorders in the U.S. each year, you may want to consider undergoing genetic testing.

Women over the age of 35 are advised to undergo genetic testing. As your body ages, you're more likely to have a child with Down's Syndrome or other genetic abnormalities. These can usually be detected with an amniocentesis a thin needle inserted through the woman's abdomen to take a small sample of amniotic fluid.

Some ethnic groups carry higher risks of certain genetic disorders being passed down to their children. For example, Europeans have an increased risk of carrying the defective genes that cause cystic fibrosis and spina bifida. Other risks include a family history of a certain disorder or disease such as mental retardation or Tay-Sachs even if a child in your family previously died of unknown causes, your physician will likely refer you to a genetic counselor.

Your physician will probably give you a questionnaire to fill out when your pregnancy is confirmed. If you are referred to a genetic counselor, chances are it will be covered by your health insurance. If your doctor performs an ultrasound and sees something abnormal, you might be referred to a genetic counselor. If the baby's organs aren't developing properly, the doctor can often see this in your eight week ultrasound.

The genetic counselor will make a family tree, complete with past diseases and deformities present in both of your families. He or she will also calculate your risk of being carriers for certain abnormalities, based on your family and medical history. If both parents are a carrier for a genetic abnormality, further testing will ...

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What's Growing In Your Family Tree?

There is more to a healthy conception and pregnancy than simply eating a balanced diet and getting enough exercise. No matter how carefully you monitor your health; there is always the chance that your baby will be born with a genetic defect. Many of these defects come from you or your partner, and are inherited by the fetus. There are numerous prenatal tests that you and your partner can choose to undergo to determine if your baby is at risk of developing a genetic defect.

You and your partner both pass on DNA to your child, and if any link within this genetic blueprint is faulty, a genetic disorder can occur. The most common genetic disorders are Down syndrome, spina bifida, sickle cell disease, and cystic fibrosis. An error in any one of these 25,000 to 35,000 genes that we carry can mean the difference between having a normal baby or one born with genetic complications. In the case of conditions like Huntington's disease, only one parent needs to be a carrier. Both partners must be a carrier of cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs or sickle cell anemia in order to pass it on to the fetus. Down syndrome is not usually inherited from the parents, but rather a result of other factors such as age or ethnicity.

Your ethnicity does play a role in genetic disorders. If you are of Cajun, Irish or European Jewish descent, you have an increased risk of having a child born with Tay-Sachs disease, while couples with African lineage have a higher incidence of having a baby born with sickle cell anemia.

If your doctor feels it is necessary, he or she will refer you to a genetic counsellor. A genetic counsellor will take a detailed look at your family history and provide you with valuable information about the risk your child has of developing the same disorder. He or she will look at all of your medical records, as well as ordering any required genetic testing.

While doctors aren't entirely sure if genetics or environment causes defects such as club foot, certain hea...

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