About 80% of babies with genetic diseases are born to parents with no known family history of that disease. Pre-marital and pre-conception screening and genetic counseling are important steps in planning for a healthy family, and allows you to take control and make informed choices about your future.
Everyone wants a healthy baby, and early family planning is the best defense for minimizing the risk of having a baby with a genetic disorder. If you are of Jewish ancestry (Sephardi, Ashkenazi or Mizrahi) and planning on getting married, it is important to consider getting screened before starting your family. The panel utilized by JPatible/JScreen participants includes conditions common in those with various Jewish origins, other backgrounds and mixed ancestry.