So you’re about to have a call with a Eugene genetic counsellor before having a carrier test, and are wondering what to expect?
Well, that’s a totally normal question so here’s everything you need to know!
First, we can’t wait to meet you! If you are planning on having genetic carrier screening with a partner it would be better if you are both on the call. We generally do video calls, and everyone can also dial in separately — just in case you and your partner are not together at the time of the call.
It’s important for us to explore what makes you, you. Part of this includes asking questions about you and your family’s medical and genetic history and ethnic background. We’ll work together to build a family tree, which is a visual representation of:
Your family tree will look a little something like this:
We pair every member with a genetic counsellor for mindful support and guidance every step of the way. It’s only when we can start to understand your motivations, expectations and concerns can we tailor your experience with us to what’s relevant for you.
We’d love to get to know your preferences, experiences and what’s important to you. This way, we know how you like to receive info, deal with uncertainties and how to support you in making decisions that feel right for you.
We also know that having a genetic test can often be different to other health checks. So, in our session we’ll also cover:
We also encourage you to ask us ‘Why’!
Pro tip: If you do have questions already, write them all down so you don’t forget at the time.. 🙂
We work hard to make it really easy for you. Everything is at home, you can never leave your couch!
We video calls for appointments and we’ll ship you your kits for free (coz we’re nice like that). We also include a free session with your genetic counsellor before we send you the kit. After your call, if you feel like the test is not right for you, we’ll refund you every dollar.
Health appointments in PJs?? I think I’m going to like 2019.Everyone.
So here’s how it all works:
Most of the time, it takes two to tango, so we usually recommend having genetic carrier screening with your partner (if you have one). Here are a few reasons why:
If you have any questions for us, just send us an email at [email protected] or give us a call at (03) 9015 4363. Either way, you’ll get a trained genetic counsellor to help answer any of your questions!
Zoë is a co-founder at Eugene and has been counselling couples in reproductive genetics for over 10 years. She is passionate about improving access to ethical genetic testing in a emotionally supportive and culturally sensitive environment. Zoe wants to empower people with knowledge of the genetic identity rather than fear it.
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