If you are expecting a baby or planning to have a baby, your doctor can run many tests to help assess the health of both you and your baby. Your doctor may also refer you for genetic counseling. Genetic counseling provides information and support to people who have, or may be at risk for, genetic disorders . A genetics professional meets with you to discuss genetic risks. You may follow up with genetic testing . There are many reasons to seek genetic counseling. You may consider it if you Have or are concerned you have an inherited disorder Are pregnant or planning to be pregnant after age 35 Already have a child with a genetic disorder or birth defect Have had two or more pregnancy losses or a baby who died Have had ultrasound or screening tests that suggest a possible problem