HippyMum That sounds like it would have been VERY stressful with your DS!!! No, The Harmony Prenatal test is different. It is supposed to be similarly accurate to CVS (it tests fetal DNA in mom's blood) but without the risks, as it is a blood draw only. It is 99+% accurate for T21, T18 and T13 as well as sex (which is just a fun bonus bit of info as far as I'm concerned). And it can be done any time after 10 weeks, with confirmed dates. With the triple or quad screen, you just get info as to relative risk, as in you have an average risk, low risk or elevated risk. With the Harmony test, it is much more definitive. There are other similar tests, MaterniT21 and Verifi, also available. Here is an explanation I found online:
"Maternal Quadruple Markers Screen (Alpha-fetoprotein, hCG, Estriol and Inhibin-A) is a laboratory test performed on a blood sample from the mother to identify fetuses at increased risk for neural tube defects (such as spina bifida) and some chromosomal abnormalities (such as Down Syndrome or trisomy 18). Abnormal results may indicate a need for an amniocentesis and/or ultrasound to aid in diagnosis. This sample is usually drawn between 15-18 weeks of pregnancy.
Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) for Fetal Aneuploidy uses cell free fetal DNA from the plasma of a high-risk pregnant woman to screen for trisomy 13, trisomy 18, and trisomy 21 in the unborn child. Examples of NIPT include: Harmony™ Prenatal Test (Integrated Genetics), MaterniT21™ (Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine), and Verifi™ Prenatal Test (Verinata Health)."
All are relatively new, been widely available for about year. I had to do some research to access it, with lots of support from my MW. I had to call around to find a LabCorp lab in my area and then ask them to order the testing kit from Ariosa Labs, the lab that created and runs the Harmony labs. I am going in Tuesday and should have results in 10 days. With DD I was much less interested in such labwork. But I'm 36, soon to be 37, so it seems prudent to have the additional information and I'm not interested in Amnio or CVS at this point.
Vaquita. Sadly, you're not alone. My DH has been similarly selfish and clueless. Kind, well meaning friends keep asking if or suggesting that DH should be pampering me right now. I've noticed no pampering. I'm still pulling all the weight I usually do (which includes nearly all the domestic/childcare tasks while working full time and commuting an hour at both ends of my 9-10 hour day, 5 days a week). And I'm feeling a little bitter about it this weekend too. Our relationship was so much more balanced before DD was born. I'm not sure how I allowed myself to let this happen.