We hope that all of our families, donors, and clients are safe. Great news! TSBC is now open five days a week! Telephone hours are 9:30-4:30 PST. All recipient and client visits are by appointment only, including tank returns. We will post updates to our hours here. Please call us with questions or to schedule at 510.841.1858.

We appreciate your continued support and anticipate that we will be open and fully operational as soon as possible. If you are able, and appreciate our one-of-a-kind, ethical and inclusive, non-profit family-building program, please consider a tax-deductible donation to ensure others can also use TSBC to build their families.

During COVID, we are continuing to support at-home inseminations by shipping directly to your door. Please call us for more information and support. Instructions for at-home insemination can be found here.

We recognize that building your family in the midst of COVID can add additional challenges. Explore our “Getting Support” page for resources that can help, including a list of mental health providers that specialize in fertility.

Genetic Consultation

Genetic Consultations

Phone or in person consultations are available with our Genetic Counselor, Janine Mash, LCGC, through her practice at San Francisco Genetic Counseling . A session includes one 60 minute consult, referrals for desired testing, plan for results, a written summary of the communication provided and an additional 2 weeks of free email contact. Fees are payable to SFGC.

What is a Genetic Counselor? 

Genetic counselors are health care professionals with specialized graduate training in the areas of medical genetics and counseling. Genetic counselors usually work as members of a healthcare team, providing information and support to families who have members with birth defects or genetic disorders and to families who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions. Genetic counselors have special training in the following areas: 

  • Risk assessment for hereditary conditions
  • Evaluation and interpretation of genetic testing
  • Support for individuals and families with genetic conditions or concerns

  TSBC’s genetic counselor is a licensed, board-certified genetic counselor specializing in prenatal and preconception genetic counseling and donor screening.

Why might I want to meet with a Genetic Counselor? 

  • You may be interested in knowing if you or your children may be at risk for a heritable condition that you have, or that affects someone in your family. 
  • You may want to know if genetic testing or carrier screening is available for a genetic disease in your family. 
  • If you know you are a carrier for a genetic condition, you may want guidance in choosing your sperm donor in order to minimize risk to your children. 
  • You may want a more personal discussion of the health history provided by your chosen sperm donor.
  • You may want the genetic counselor at TSBC to work with your healthcare provider to make sure that your medical information and the information available on your chosen sperm donor is effectively considered while you are planning your pregnancy or once you are pregnant. 
     

Services available through a Genetic Consultation

  • Review of your personal and family medical history
  • Identification of possible genetic risks in your pregnancy 
  • Discussion of known inheritance patterns
  • Review of appropriate testing options
  • Discussion of prevention strategies and screening tools
  • Genetics-related information and reliable resources
  • Supportive counseling that may help you with topics that arose during the consultation

How to Prepare for your Genetic Consultation

  • Be well-informed about your personal medical history.
  • Ask your relatives about medical conditions in the family. 
    • What is the diagnosis?
    • Who is affected? 
    • At what age were they diagnosed? 
    • What is the outcome?
    • Have affected family members had any genetic testing? 
    • Gather pertinent records
  • Make a list of written questions for your appointment