Yeah, I mean, there's no scientific/medical reason why someone younger than 35 couldn't get it. My guess is they are saying insurance isn't likely to cover it that way? I'm pretty sure my insurance wouldn't cover it anyway--when we went in for nuchal translucency testing, we also met with a genetic counselor who said most insurance companies won't cover it, but at least around here (Ohio) out-of-pocket ends up being under $200 after the labs discount it. Still a lot of money, I know. We had a very reassuring nuchal screen (risk of Down's is 1 in 4500 or something) so aren't going to bother, but it seems like a great alternative to amnio for those who want definite answers. Serenyd, if your doctor doesn't offer it, maybe there's an independent lab in your area that does it?
Glad you all liked the Wired article. I thought it was fascinating--I was shocked to see they used to x-ray pregnant bellies! That image of the little fetal skeleton...oy.
RE: finding out the gender, I really did want to be surprised but I feel my resolve weakening! I have had very strong boy feelings, where w/DD I didn't have strong feelings either way. BUt I don't know if it's just psychological, like, because I already have a girl I'm assuming this one's a boy. Our anatomy scan is coming up in three weeks and I have a feeling I'll say "go ahead and tell me."
Someone talk me out of that impulse?