Genetic counselors are board-certified in genetic counseling. Genetic counseling is an important part of the decision-making process for prenatal testing. Our genetic counselor evaluates the medical and family histories of patients to find out if there is an increased chance of birth defects or other problems. The counselor explains testing options, benefits and risks of testing and reasons why patients choose or decline to have testing. The genetic counselor provides follow-up for patients to discuss their individual test results.
Genetic Counselors are specialized health professionals that talk with patients about genetic risks, explain genetic concepts, available testing and address psychological issues associated with these topics. Genetic Counselors are board certified in genetic counseling, and must be licensed in the State of Tennessee. Prenatal genetic counselors deal specifically with patients who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy and have genetic risks that could affect their future offspring.
Reasons for Referring to a Genetic Counselor include:
Our Genetic Counselor evaluates the medical and family histories of patients to provide a personal risk assessment. She explains testing options, the benefits and risks of testing and reasons why patients choose to have or not to have testing. Having genetic counseling does not obligate a patient to have any testing.
The Genetic Counselor provides support to patients who learn there is a possible problem with their baby. She reports the patient's test results personally and explains the meaning of the results.
The Genetic Counselor also provides preconception counseling to couples with a family history of genetic disorders or couples experiencing recurrent pregnancy losses.
Our Genetic Counselor is available as an educator and a resource for other health care professionals and for the general public.
Janet E. Ulm, M.S.S.W.,C.G.C., L.G.C., is a native of Tennessee and is board certified in Genetic Counseling by the American Board of Medical Genetics. Janet graduated from Carson-Newman College with a degree in Biology. She then completed her Master's degree at the University of Tennessee. Janet has over 20 years of experience in Genetic Counseling, working in the areas of adult, pediatric, cancer, newborn screening, infertility and prenatal. She was the Director of the Tennessee Statewide Genetics Program from 1991 to 1993. She then began and developed the Genetic Counseling program at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC prior to her return to Tennessee. Janet is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, the American College of Medical Genetics, and the Tennessee Genetic Counselors Association. She is a published author and has developed numerous patient education booklets. Janet has organized workshops and educational programs for physicians and other healthcare professionals. She has also made many presentations to nursing, ultrasound and medical students as well as the general public. Janet joined the staff of Regional Obstetrical Consultants in 2005.