Fortunately the vast majority of children are born healthy and alive. Prenatal screening aims to find illnesses and disorders in an early stage which makes early treatment (is applicable) possible.
The regular blood test in the first trimester of your pregnancy is an example of prenatal screening. The test to screen for the chromosomal disorders Down’s syndrome, Edwards syndrome and Patau’s syndrome, through the combined screening test or NIPT and the anomaly scan around 20 weeks are other examples for prenatal screening. Are you considering to have your unborn baby screened for Down syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome? During you initial consultation we will discuss this matter extensively. We will answer all questions you may have.
The result of the screening is mostly reassuringly. However, sometimes the results makes you worry about the health of your unborn baby and may even lead to difficult choices. Did you test positive, and are you perhaps carrying a child with Down syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome or Patau’s syndrome? In that case, you will be offered follow-up testing to make sure the result is correct. We will guide you intensively to explain all options you may have and guide you regardless of the decisions you make in this.
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