Doing my research led to a love affair

I’m the kind of person who does my research before making an important decision. As the only child of a single mom who worked as an electrical engineer at NASA, my scientific approach to life may be something I inherited. I really loved growing up on the sunny space coast and being a ‘NASA brat.’

Lacey and Sejin are expecting a girl.
Lacey and Sejin are expecting a girl.

When I learned that my fiance, Sejin, and I were going to have a baby I immediately started looking into the safety of ultrasounds and other types of prenatal testing. I had a lot of questions for my OB, who suggested I take the Informed Pregnancy Screen and gave me a pamphlet. That started my love affair with Counsyl. I love everything about Counsyl.

I love how non-invasive the test is. I love the box the test comes in and the enclosed card with my number on it that lets me track the results online – a very cool part of the user experience. I emailed employees whenever I had a question and every person I’ve spoken with has been so nice, friendly, and on top of their game. Since I’m just finishing up school and money has been tight Counsyl also helped us with financial aid. Another highlight was having my results explained by a genetic counselor.

“Here’s what I also loved: Finding out we’re having a girl!”

My results! Here’s what I also loved: Finding out we’re having a girl! I really wanted a girl! I’m my grandmother’s only grandchild so all we know in this family are girls. Sejin wasn’t quite as happy – I think he wanted a boy. But he’s also hoping a girl is calmer than he was as a toddler. We also learned that her chances of having any kind of chromosomal abnormality are really low.

“Getting answers – one way or the other – is a huge relief”

There’s a lot going on right now in our lives. Sejin and I are engaged to be married and our baby is due this fall. He just got a new job in sales and I’ve gotten a part-time job developing an interactive curriculum on statistics. I’m happy because it’s a great job for a new mom. (I still won’t make as much money as I did when working my way through college as a cocktail waitress on a gambling boat in Florida!)

yAUS22Z_vaMFJQAs5w7Ar6mymjcpHpUggKzhr0ln-epVd5JqWwSYBQpf8pDQiRsJq1Nz0h_lH91W61HeqFsR63GJATSyYxE2TmnW-k3zokh6Djb2BKWub0XQaZ3su_r5AnfRdrMZMTEbaVCITPek5DUx-8z7RaRb5oUzTV1F1DF9FjPLjHVxo2AONfwaaOYA1gZPj3i4BG1dgtRiQ91VkJXsnNMezRpNBeing pregnant is really stressful because you want to make sure you’re doing everything right for your baby. Taking the Informed Pregnancy Screen has helped me sleep better because getting answers – one way or the other – is a huge relief. I truly believe this type of non-invasive, personalized science is the bright future of medicine. Now I can focus on the fun things, like the baby registry and picking out a name.

-Lacey O.

Author: Counsyl

Counsyl provides DNA testing and genetic counseling services. We're committed to helping patients understand their DNA and how it can inform important health decisions. Whether it’s starting a family or evaluating risk for cancer, Counsyl's DNA tests provide patients with early awareness about genetic conditions, so they can live informed and prepare for the future. Counsyl has screened more than 750,000 patients and served more than 10,000 healthcare professionals. For more information, visit

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