Preconception Genetic Counselling in a Filipino Couple with Family History of Trisomy 18

 Peter James B. Abad1,2 and Mercy Y. Laurino2,3

1College of Nursing, University of the Philippines Manila
2Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine and
Philippine General Hospital, University of the Philippines Manila
3Seattle Care Cancer Alliance, Seattle, WA, USA

Preconception genetic counselling offers an opportunity for prospective parents to understand and adjust to the medical, familial, and psychosocial implications of genetic contributions to pregnancy outcomes. In this paper, we will illustrate how preconception genetic counselling made a difference to a Filipino couple with a previous child diagnosed with Trisomy 18.

Key Words: preconception counselling, Trisomy 18, genetic counselling, Philippines