The impact of third-trimester genetic counseling

Reuven Sharony, Offra Engel, Shira Litz-Philipsborn, Rivka Sukenik-Halevy, Tal Biron-Shental, Mark I. Evans

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Objective: To evaluate the impact of genetic counseling (GC) during the third trimester by analyzing changes in pregnancy management and the correlation with postnatal findings. Methods: This was a retrospective study. Pregnancy course and neonatal follow-up were analyzed according to the reason for referral and implementation of recommendations. Results: The records of neonates born to 181 women were retrieved. Fifty-two women (group 1—29%) qualified for pregnancy termination under Israeli guidelines and laws, and 129 (group 2—71%) were not at the time they were referred. By another division: 104 women (group 3—57%) followed the physician’s diagnostic recommendations completely after counseling including amniocentesis, fetal MRI, targeted ultrasound scans, fetal echocardiography. Seventy-seven declined amniocentesis (group 4—43%). Additional abnormalities were detected postpartum in all groups without statistically difference: 3/52 (10%) in group 1, 9/129 (7%) in group 2, 6/104 (6%) in group 3, and 6/77 (8%) in group 4). Conclusion: GC in the third trimester of pregnancy provided the couple with a sharper more focused picture and assisted them to perceive the significance of new, significant fetal findings which attest to the value of the GC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-665
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • Amniocentesis
  • Autopsy
  • Genetic counseling
  • Late stage of pregnancy
  • Termination of pregnancy


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