Ok, I want to preface this by saying that I realize that this may not be the post popular topic on this forum...I know that testing in general goes against most of the philosophies of mamas on MDC. On the other hand, I also know that some aspects of modern medicine are useful in certain circumstances, therefore I believe there may some of you out there who are not opting out of all testing, carte blanche.
I would like to know who is planning to do the 1st trimester prenatal screening tests (bloodwork and NT scan) and what your reasons are for choosing not to opt-out.
My reason for this inquiry is that I am having a hard time this pregnancy deciding whether or not to do this screening. I opted-out of nearly all prenatal testing when I was pg with DS and he turned out just fine, but this time I will be 35 when this baby is due and I'm starting to wonder if I'm just being stubborn in not wanting to do the screening. I am also planning my first home birth (midwife attended) and I feel like I should have all the information necessary to determine if home is, indeed, the safest place to deliver my baby. If there will be special perinatal care required due to a birth defect or chromosomal abnormality, I want to be prepared for the best possible care for my baby. We will NOT terminate based on any information gained from testing, so that's not the reason why I'm having this debate...just trying to make the most responsible choices.
Thanks, mamas, for any/all input on this topic!