Originally Posted by CorinneVT
...It sounds like you've done a lot of research!
Oh Corinne, I have done so much research it's ridiculous.
For the past several years I was an ICU nurse studying and certifying full-time in preparation for a grad school program in anesthesia. Then my dad got sick and I was taking care of him and his house and all that other stuff too. Plus we moved, twice. So we moved to the town where I was supposed to attend grad school and then I got pg last March (a total surprise - 1st pg). Dropped school. Then I mc in May and it was like DAMN! We decided I'd just stay a housewife and TTC since I'm 40 and time is ticking. So I literally twirl my hair all day and it drives me bonkers if I'm not learning something. I'm not really in to the "ladies who lunch" crowd, I don't watch TV and it's a little isolating here socially.
So that's why I look all this stuff up. It's the biggest thing I can do to feel productive - especially while feeling cruddy in the 1st trimester!
Originally Posted by Ambivalent Dreams
Okay, so i'd like to do mat21 but not so much that I'd spend $500. I'm 31. What about NIPT?
I was actually just planning on doing the quad screen until this thread... I didn't know there were other choices.
AD - I think the MaterniT21 test can be done for in the $200 range, but trying to pin down the pricing scheme is like trying to herd cats. NIPT encompasses all the tests we're referring to here: MaterniT21, Harmony, Panorama and Verifi. That stands for non-invasive prenatal testing.
Originally Posted by cagirlintexas
I think it's been available less then a year. So glad because at 35 I would of considered amnio. Glad I don't even have to think about it now.
cagirl - The tests have been available for a couple of years now. Here are the introduction dates:
Mat21 October 2011 (this test was revised recently though to include detection of additional defects)
Verifi March 2012
Harmony May 2012
Panorama November 2012