When your genes impact your child’s wellbeing

Posted in Feed Play Love.

Most women will get standard genetic testing when they fall pregnant.

The main test is for Down Syndrome. Depending on what you test for (and how you get tested) the price can vary enormously.

Rachael Casella wants wider testing available for parents who might be genetic carriers.

Rachael and her husband Jonathon had no family history of genetic disease, yet their daughter Mackenzie was born with spinal muscular atrophy and died six months after birth.

After campaigning the government, there is now a study to investigate how to deliver a national reproductive genetic carrier screening program called Mackenzie’s Mission  and Rachael has written about her experience in her new book, Mackenzie’s Mission.

Rachael talks about what wider genetic screening would mean and why she thinks every couple should have access to it.

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