I would like to ignore the increased risk that it came up with but I am hoping for a homebirth and both DH and I are nervous about a homebirth if the baby could have Down's. There are so many congenital issues (particularly heart and GI) associated with Down's that I really would want to be in a hospital.
Anyone ever had one done? I am really stressed about this as I so *DON'T* want to turn this birth into a medical event.
My best friend AND my brother/SIL both had positive triple screens resulting in amnios that showed everything was fine. Personally, I wouldn't do either test, but I TOTALLY understand the position you're in...
I hope someone is able to give you some good advice from their personal experience!
Jodi -full time working wife to a SAH Papa; mama to my boys Breck (12/04), David (09/07), and Elliot (01/10); always remembering our loss, Jordyn Justine (09/06)
The risk of a miscarriage with amnio is twice that of actually having a baby with Down's. So I'm not going to do any of it.
I know 2 women that have done the Amnio. Everything turned out fine and one of my friends said that she would do it again in a heartbeat. This is from someone who would have had an abortion if the baby was Down's.
If you know that you are definitely not going to have an abortion then don't do the amnio.
Laura~ wife to my stuntman, Stig, mama to Gavin Rutgar (4) and now Wyatt Andreas (1) and 2 little .
I was pretty sure I'd have to have an amnio, since my nephew has a rare genetic disease.. I did fortunately get clearance, that I wasn't a candidate...
I'm sorry you are in this prediciment... Best wishes.. I do think you are making a good choice, in regards to your level 2 results, and meeting w/ the genetic counselor, before any final decision.
I have a special needs soon with a genetic brain disorder. But they don't know what gene its in so an amnio won't tell me anything this time. I didn't know that last time.
Wishing you the best!
Good Luck to you..
(I've actually never known of a mama with a "positive" Triple Screen to have a positive on the amnio!)
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
The risk of a miscarriage with amnio is twice that of actually having a baby with Down's.
The risk of amnio causing a miscarriage is around 1:300. If you are 33 or younger, the risk of chromosomal abnormalities (including Down syndrome, trisomy 13 and 18, and other abnormalities) is less than or equal to that risk.
By age 35, the risk of chromosomal abnormality rises to 1:213. That's why the standard recommendation is to suggest amnio to women 35 and older.
As you get older, the risk of chromosomal abnormalities rises significantly. At my age (I'll be 42 on my due date) the risk of chromosomal abnormalities is 1:39. As you see, this is much higher than the risk of the amnio.
I have no good advice...and I don't know what I would do. But it seems like you are being quite level headed and brave in this situation. I pray you have peace no matter what tests you take or don't take.
The AFP caused me so much needless anxiety. It is my biggest regret about that pregnancy. I have refused it for both pregnancies since.
The false positives are said to occur mainly because of dating the pregnancy incorrectly. I knew exactly when I ovulated so I was sure of my dates. That convinced me that the AFP was right. It wasn't.
The prospect of having a child with Down Syndrome means envisioning a different life for yourself and your child. It is a difficult thing to live with uncertainty about. My thoughts are with you in your process of information gathering.