Originally Posted by stardust swallower
I'm wondering if anyone is bypassing all genetic screening. Last time around I only did a 20 week ultrasound and felt good about the info I got from that. . . . I am not actually that person who would keep the baby "no matter what" but still, I'd rather be optimistic and not let tests freak me out. Anyone else?
This is my first baby. I'm 31 and my husband is 38. I'm not having any genetic screening but my midwife does recommend a 20 week ultrasound, so we'll do that. The thing that freaks me out about genetic screening is that if one particular test comes up suspicious, and then you have to have the other, more invasive tests that also turn out suspicious, you sometimes still don't have a clear answer.
I'm like you and would not keep the baby no matter what. But I had a friend who was told her baby probably had some major abnormality, based on many tests. She had him and he was absolutely normal. It spooks me to know that if I were her, I may made a different choice with the information.
When I discussed this with my midwife, she said that I didn't really have major risk factors (although I am a bit older...) and that she wouldn't do the genetic tests if she were in my position. I think if I were in my late 30s, I'd do the blood tests, but I'm not sure.
Anyway, you're not alone in your low-test mentality.