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What is a children's geneticist?

Children's geneticists are pediatric specialists who are experts in the role hereditary and genetic factors play in causing inherited medical concerns. Genetic counselors and geneticists work together to offer prenatal counseling and genetic testing for pregnant women. Our children's genetics team offers comprehensive evaluation for known or suspected inherited medical concerns.

If advanced care is needed, genetic counselors work in collaboration with a team of expert subspecialists through UMMC’s Center for Maternal and Fetal Care. This multidisciplinary team works together to care for both the mother and child’s unique needs - all under one roof.

About genetics

The Center for Maternal and Fetal Care draws on the Division of Genetics at Children's of Mississippi to provide comprehensive prenatal genetic services, including genetic counseling and testing. UMMC is the only facility in the state which has board-certified geneticists and genetic counselors.

Genetics offers:

  • Leading-edge genetic testing, diagnosis and management.
  • Resources, research, education and counseling about inherited conditions.
  • First-trimester screening, non-invasive prenatal screening and pan-ethnic carrier screening.
  • Access to Mississippi's only genetics facility that has board-certified geneticists and genetic counselors.

Learn more about UMMC's pediatric genetics program.