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post #21 of 96

In my first pregnancy I had pretty much no testing done and was in the "well i wouldn't abort it so why bother" and Now I'm like "how can anyone think that way?" many of the diseases tested for would highly encourage having a hospital birth to provide immediate care and if I'm planning on a midwife birth center birth, I should definitely know.

 

Does anyone still sit in the "no reason to find out" camp?

 

I think as long as it's non invasive and poses no risk to the baby there's no reason not to. (Like I'd never have an amnio) Not judging, just trying to remember why I even felt that way since it sounds ridiculous to me now.

 

I'm definitely going to try and get the Materni21. I have two insurances so hopefully between them it's covered. Plus, YAY FINDING OUT GENDER =)

post #22 of 96
Totally agree with you crunchymonkey. I see no reason not to do the new test if you can afford it or it is covered. I am thrilled that they developed it and we now have an alternative to amnio that is non invasive. It's amazing how far technology has come from the time I gave birth last to now. Extra yea for finding out gender super early!
post #23 of 96

Yeah there was NO mention of this and I was very active on The Bump (so, much less natural minded community) last time. And my daughter was just born in 2012!

post #24 of 96
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.
post #25 of 96
Interesting though crunchy monkey! This wasn't available during my last pregnancies. It's just so new!

But I didn't want an Amnio. I have no issues doing the 18 week ultrasound but as far as I know around here that's the only US unless they need to date you.

If the test was available to me (I don't know if it is) and covered by medical/extended medical (again I don't know if it is), I guess I would consider it.

I just wonder with it being such and early test... What moral or ethical implications could come of it. Already certain areas of our province won't tell you the sex/gender at the ultrasound, if you want to know you have to wait for your next Dr's appointment. Part of the reasoning is that late term abortions were being sought out due to parents not being happy with gender. Having a test that can tell you even earlier?!

And I know many babies with chromosomal difficulties are already being aborted, I guess on one hand having an earlier test is better for that but then are we going even farther into altering the population for our own choice... And what happens then? I already sometimes wonder where and if medicine has gone too far at times essentially erasing or changing the course of such theories as Darwinism...

But on the flip side having such a non invasive test be so accurate?! That has huge benefits too...

Truthfully I'm kinda scared where technology will be in the next thirty years... There always going to be good, but it will always come with elements of bad. And if laws and society can't keep up? I dunno...

I know I me kinda gone off on a tangent but I guess I can see where keeping things simple and leaving some things as they were designed to be alone sounds good too.
post #26 of 96
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 ...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!

 

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Originally Posted by Ambivalent Dreams View Post
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. 

 

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Originally Posted by cagirlintexas View Post
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

post #27 of 96
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A professor of gynecology at UCLA (Dr. Platt) put together a PPT presentation about NIPT.  This was one of his slides - I thought it was interesting to see the sliding scale of how accurate NIPT is. 

 

post #28 of 96
Nice slide! Do you have a link to the whole PPT?
post #29 of 96
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post #30 of 96
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I'm 12w2d and got my MaterniT21 results today: 

 

all negative (no trisomies etc.) :thumb 

 

and it's a GIRLstork-girl.gif

post #31 of 96
Congrats!! Wonderful news, Mama!

This has been a great thread. I have learned that the NIPT test offered by my in-network lab (Labcorp) is called Harmony. Unfortunately, I am 3 years too young to have it covered for me and since it is $795 I am going to have to pass and get 'ye ole quad screen instead, but I didn't know DNA based NIPT existed until this thread so I definitely thank you for the education!
post #32 of 96
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Originally Posted by Ambivalent Dreams View Post

Congrats!! Wonderful news, Mama!

This has been a great thread. I have learned that the NIPT test offered by my in-network lab (Labcorp) is called Harmony. Unfortunately, I am 3 years too young to have it covered for me and since it is $795 I am going to have to pass and get 'ye ole quad screen instead, but I didn't know DNA based NIPT existed until this thread so I definitely thank you for the education!


AD - I'm pretty sure I'd trade it to be 8 years younger!  :wink

post #33 of 96
Haha!
post #34 of 96
Congrats! Mine is scheduled for 2 weeks from now. Very excited!
post #35 of 96

Does anyone know if a midwife can 'order' this test or would it have to come from an OB?

My first midwife so I'm not sure what to expect besides a wonderful alternative approach to birthing and someone who cares about me, my birth plan and safety of my baby.

post #36 of 96
I think you're midwife can order this even if she is not a CNM.
post #37 of 96
I think a midwife could order it. They can order all the other tests. I think with my midwife, she sends clients to the lab, which is right next door. I would love to get the test, but don't have insurance and $ is tight.
post #38 of 96

Thanks daisygrrrl!

post #39 of 96
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Yay - I cant wait to see the results start rolling in.

 

Crickets - I'm pretty sure a midwife could order this no prob bc it's really no diff than any other lab.  The diff is on the payment side, where there are clear parameters for who is covered by insurance (and who's not). 

post #40 of 96

Thanks innacircle. I'm excited and scared all at once! 

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