Pre-Pregnancy Genetic Testing Event

Register for pre-pregnancy genetic testing to know if you carry inheritable disease

If you plan to start a family one day, the physicians at Texas Fertility Center encourage you to find answers and prepare for a healthy pregnancy, now or years from now. Doctors and genetic counselors are often asked: Who needs testing?

The answer is anyone who plans to get pregnant one day, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)*.

Our pre-pregnancy genetic testing event provides an opportunity to learn which inheritable diseases you may unknowingly carry, conditions such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, Tay-Sachs disease, fragile X and spinal muscular atrophy. Millions of Americans are symptomless carriers, meaning they have a defective gene but not the active form of the disease. If they have a partner with the same defective gene, their children have a 1 in 4 chance for having the active disease.

What can you do?

Register for the event, learn more about risks by ethnicity and country of origin, and give a blood or saliva sample. Samples are sent to a reference lab for testing that will reveal any gene mutations. This information gives you time to plan for a healthy pregnancy when the time comes.

How to register for pre-pregnancy genetic testing event

Texas Fertility Center is proud to partner with the Jewish Community Center of Austin and Good Start Genetics (GSD) to offer genetic testing, December 10th, 2017 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.

It’s important to register for our pre-pregnancy genetic testing in advance because we need to ensure that there are enough phlebotomists on hand to draw blood samples, and that our staff will have ample time to speak with you should you have questions.

Step 1: Please complete the attached form to reserve your place. New GSD Pre-Registration Form

Step 2: Completed pre-registration forms should be emailed to

Step 3: Attend the event

When: Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Where: Jewish Community Center of Austin – Community Hall
7300 Hart Lane, Austin, TX 78731

Please note that the pre-pregnancy genetic testing panel is often covered by insurance. Good Start Genetics will contact your healthcare provider in advance of the event. If you have questions, please contact Wendy Blocker at Texas Fertility Center at 512.610.7433 or email Good Start Genetics at

If you would like to schedule a consultation with a fertility specialist, contact Texas Fertility Center in Austin, Round Rock and San Antonio.

Enroll NOW for pre-pregnancy genetic testing day

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