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Pediatric Genetics

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Pediatric Genetics staff offers genetic evaluations and counseling for pediatric patients and parents. 

Marshfield Clinic is the only health care provider in the region that offers genetic evaluations and counseling for pediatric patients and parents. Our Pediatric Genetics Department can evaluate your infant, children or family for underlying genetic conditions that could affect their health. 

We can assist you and your other physicians in deciding whether genetic testing is needed, understudying the results of genetic tests, anticipating effects of a genetic condition for the individual and family, and coordination of care for individuals or families with genetic disorders. 

We also provide information related to dealing with the emotional reaction to genetic conditions as well as genetic counseling for parents planning to start a family.

We identify underlying genetic conditions that could affect health; assist in understanding results; and provide resources to manage conditions. ​


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What Do You Know About Birth Defects?

See how much you know about birth defects. Learn what you can do to lower your risk.

1. How many babies in the U.S. are born with birth defects?
2. When is an unborn baby most at risk of developing a birth defect?
3. Which of these is a common birth defect?
4. Which of these habits of the mother-to-be can be harmful to the fetus?
5. A woman who is pregnant or considering pregnancy should get a health checkup. Which of these vaccines should be up to date before she gets pregnant because of the danger of the disease to the fetus?
6. Healthcare providers advise women to take 400 mcg of folic acid daily before they get pregnant and during pregnancy. What can this help prevent in the baby?
7. Pregnant women should not handle cat litter to lower the risk of becoming infected with which of these?
8. Which of these kinds of medicines can cause birth defects if taken when pregnant?
9. During prenatal care, a healthcare provider may recommend genetic screening tests for certain disorders. What is one thing that amniocentesis tests for?
10. Extra or missing chromosomes trigger genetic birth defects. What factor greatly increases the risk for an abnormal number of chromosomes in the fetus?