I don't log on very often, but did this afternoon, and saw your post to the ultrasound question. We had a daughter last year in November. At my 18 week ultrasound, they found a nuchal fold of 4.5, and sent me to a specialist, who read it as 5.1 mm. I was very upset, because they didn't even tell me it was the nuchal fold they were reading, only something that wasn't right. Anyway, the doctor told me I didn't have much time to waste, because to "redirect the pregnancy" couldn't occur past 21 weeks in Texas.
Needless to say, I was nauseated, and left, never to return. I did go to a specialist my MW really likes and he looked the baby over very carefully, didn't see anything!
However, my daughter had a pulminary stinosis (sp??). What the experts don't tell you, is that the nuchal fold doesn't measure anything about Downs. It measures the fluid in the back of the neck, and if there is too much, there is a great chance that a baby can have something wrong in the heart. Swelling around the heart actually reaches the neck area too.
Half of DS children have heart defects. That's why they say it's a marker for Downs. Children without DS, but with heart defects have the marker too, but not all the time! And many heart defects can be corrected surgically. It's not all bad to know, if your baby's going to need a specialist. Just the attitude SOME people have about any defect is so negative.
So my question is, Why are we looking at the baby? If you would not use the information at all, it's not worth the headache. That would be the first two trimesters, for my DH and me. Taking a look if there is something causing concern, to save the baby, is a real reason to go for it. Then you could have the right medical professionals at your birth, which is what happened to me!
I ended up having Pre-E, and the baby was delivered early, with the use of ultrasound. She is little, but strong, and we are grateful to have her with us.
Bobbie, mom to Isabella