Implementing Group Prenatal Counseling for Expanded Noninvasive Screening Options

Betsy L. Gammon, Laura Otto, Myra J Wick, Kristy Borowski, Megan Allyse

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Recently, practices have begun integrating cell-free DNA-based noninvasive prenatal screening as a screening option for a variety of genetic conditions. According to the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the integration of cfDNA screening into clinical prenatal practice may "significantly shift the paradigm of prenatal testing and screening for all women." The purpose of this study was to determine whether group information sessions can feasibly serve as an alternative to extended one-on-one genetic counseling for the increasing number of women making decisions about prenatal testing and screening. This study assessed the effect of group genetic information sessions coupled with abbreviated counseling on pregnant women’s knowledge about and attitudes toward prenatal testing and screening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Genetic Counseling
StateAccepted/In press - Dec 15 2017


  • Counseling
  • Informed decision making
  • Noninvasive prenatal cfDNA screening
  • Prenatal testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)

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