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Harmony21 / Materniti21 test

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

Has anyone had this test done?  I am considering it, only because the false positive rate seems to be very low (unlike what I have heard about the other blood screening test (AFP/quad screen).  I haven't figured out if my insurance will cover it.  If they do, I will probably get it done.  Usually I don't do tests like that, but this time I'm a bit older (37).   Interested to hear what all of your thoughts are and if you have had it done and insurance covered it.

post #2 of 23
Just got the Harmony test this week. I have BCBS insurance, and as long as you go to Lab Corp to get it done, it is covered 100%. My CNM office gave me a kit and an order slip to bring to Lab Corp and I just walked in and they drew 2 vials of blood. All you have to do is call your insurance company to find out if they'll cover it.

I chose to do it because I'm also considered "advanced maternal age" at 36, its minimally invasive, it can detect stuff or rule out stuff a ton better than AFP can. I had a false positive on my AFP screening in my first pregnancy, and thank goodness the Level II ultrasound ruled out anything before I had to get an amnio. The thing is, we know we'd continue with the pregnancy in most cases of genetic abnormalities, but we would want to be as prepared as possible.

So yeah, I think the Harmony test will save us a lot of headaches. Also, if you want to know the sex of your baby (we're choosing to wait til his/her birthday), the test will let you know.
post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 

Thanks for your reply, ALaura.   I also have BCBS, and I called to see if they'd cover it but they told me that "screening tests" were not covered.  But, the guy seemed a bit clueless, so I may get the diagnostic code from my midwife and call back just to be sure. 

 

Glad to hear yours was covered without a problem.   Are you also going to do the AFP or will you skip it this time?

post #4 of 23
I am going to be 40 when this baby comes, I am going to get the harmony 21 for sure. But probably not the quad screen this time. I am planning another home birth and want to be as prepared as possible.
post #5 of 23
Teamsalem, definitely call with the code...it took a little bit for the rep I spoke with to find the code for Harmony, since it's so new. Also, I'm on the PPO plan, so it might make a difference which plan you're on.
post #6 of 23

I had mine drawn on friday, looking forward to getting the results as I also included the gender. :) It was covered through Medicaid.

post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 

melimade, you must be so excited to find out the gender! 

Thanks, alaura, I am definitely going to call again and check.  We also have a PPO.

post #8 of 23

I'm planning to get it done next week. My reasons are the same as others have listed - I'm 36, the test in not invasive, I homebirth and want to be prepared, plus two of my five kids have special needs. I had preconception genetic testing done on myself and everything came back clear so I am not a carrier of anything. DH has not been tested and his dad was adopted so we have no medical info for that side of the family. I have Humana and it's covered. My DH will want to terminate if there is an abnormality, I am on the fence about it and would need more information before making that decision. 
 

post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 

Pattimomma, I have no idea how I would feel about terminating if we had a genetic abnormality.  I don't think I would know unless put in that actual position.  I am praying for a healthy baby, but if it isn't I will pray that I will have the grace to accept and deal with what lies ahead -- whatever that may be.   

post #10 of 23

teamsalem, I have terminated due to severe fetal abnormalities once before. But, those were severe - missing significant portions of the brain, deformed growth of limbs and so on. The abnormalities were not genetic. I had been improperly diagnosed and given a drug the causes such birth defects in early pregnancy. It was emotionally a horrible experience but I stand by that choice. Two of my kids have special needs so I am not opposed to having children with special needs. It truly is impossible to know how you would feel or what you would do until you are faced with such a situation. We looked at everything including the impact on our other children, what would happen if we died, how would we afford a medically fragile child, the list goes on and on.

 

Hopefully all will be fine! fingersx.gif
 

post #11 of 23
Is this the same thing as an ultrasound and finger prick (as the staff described it)? I'm 12 weeks so I am scheduled to go in Friday since it has to be done before 13 weeks. No one on staff has called it either harmony or materniti...hmm. TIA
post #12 of 23
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Originally Posted by gamitzer View Post

Is this the same thing as an ultrasound and finger prick (as the staff described it)? I'm 12 weeks so I am scheduled to go in Friday since it has to be done before 13 weeks. No one on staff has called it either harmony or materniti...hmm. TIA


No, for the Harmony they take vials of blood and it has to be done after 11 weeks but not before 13.

post #13 of 23
Ok thanks I was confused! I will ask about the one you all seem to know about. smile.gif
post #14 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by pattimomma View Post

teamsalem, I have terminated due to severe fetal abnormalities once before. But, those were severe - missing significant portions of the brain, deformed growth of limbs and so on. The abnormalities were not genetic. I had been improperly diagnosed and given a drug the causes such birth defects in early pregnancy. It was emotionally a horrible experience but I stand by that choice. Two of my kids have special needs so I am not opposed to having children with special needs. It truly is impossible to know how you would feel or what you would do until you are faced with such a situation. We looked at everything including the impact on our other children, what would happen if we died, how would we afford a medically fragile child, the list goes on and on.

 

Hopefully all will be fine! fingersx.gif
 

That must have been a hard thing to go through, even so.  I think one of my biggest concerns with having a child who needs extra is the impact on the other children in the family.  I would definitely terminate if the baby was severely abnormal (i.e., incompatible with life) as well.  

 

I am hopeful that all will be ok, though. 

 

I wonder if I should bother with the nuchal scan if I am getting the Harmony test.  I think it only checks for Down Syndrome.

post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 

Gamitzer, I think you are talking about the Nuchal translucency ultrasound, which also checks for Down Syndrome.  They measure the baby's neck -- babies with Down Syndrome have thicker necks.

post #16 of 23
Right, thanks! I'm just confused about the blood test that's the same day...and will tell us gender too. I will ask I guess. Maybe I'm doing both. Hmm
post #17 of 23

Got mine back! Healthy baby, it's a BOY!!!

post #18 of 23
Congrats, Melimade!!! How long did it take to get the results?
post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 

Congratulations, Melimade! 

post #20 of 23
Took ten days for results.
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