Family History and Management of Genetic Conditions

ACOG Guidelines

Committee Opinion 478, Family History as a Risk Assessment Tool

Practice Bulletin 78, Hemoglobinopathies in Pregnancy

Committee Opinion 643, Identification and Referral of Maternal Genetic Conditions in Pregnancy; For more information

Practice Bulletin 197, Inherited Thrombophilias in Pregnancy

Committee Opinion 636, Management of Women with Phenylketonuria

Committee Opinion 527, Personalized Genomic Testing for Disease Risk

Additional Resources

Collecting and Understanding Your Family History – This information for patients from the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) explains how to obtain family history.

Cooking and Food – This resource by the National PKU Alliance (NPKUA) explains how to integrate low-protein foods into the everyday diet.

Family Health History Initiative – This public health campaign by the Surgeon General in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) encourages all families to learn more about their family health histories.

Family Medical History – These tools by the American Medical Association (AMA) assist in gathering a complete and accurate family medical histories.

Genetics eModule – Developed by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in collaboration with ACOG, this eModule covers a variety of genetics topics and allows participants to earn up to 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Ordering of Genetic Tests – This Position Statement, published by ACOG in November 2015, addresses providers’ ability to order genetic tests.

What are common treatments for phenylketonuria (PKU)? – This article from National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) provides information on treatment for phenylketonuria (PKU).

Why is it important to know my family medical history? – This reference by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) U.S. National Library of Medicine provides information on the importance of knowing one’s family medical history.

Your Family Health History – This resource by the March of Dimes explains how to transcribe family medical history.


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