No really specific reason...except that we wouldn't terminate...so, we'd just rather not have something to have to worry about....especially because I'm the biggest worrier in the world. I know that a ton of people just do the screenings so they'd be prepared to deal with it if there were a genetic problem, and we might get to that point when we're alittle older...but for now it's just easier not to find out.
Thankfully my OB doesn't pressure at all. She just mentions what's available and leaves it up to us to ask for something if we want it.
Partnered mama with DD (01/04) and DD (08/09) and 8 critters, including a !
I'm wondering if anyone is bypassing all genetic screening. Last time around I only did a 20 week ultrasound and felt good about the info I got from that. . . . I am not actually that person who would keep the baby "no matter what" but still, I'd rather be optimistic and not let tests freak me out. Anyone else?
I'm like you and would not keep the baby no matter what. But I had a friend who was told her baby probably had some major abnormality, based on many tests. She had him and he was absolutely normal. It spooks me to know that if I were her, I may made a different choice with the information.
When I discussed this with my midwife, she said that I didn't really have major risk factors (although I am a bit older...) and that she wouldn't do the genetic tests if she were in my position. I think if I were in my late 30s, I'd do the blood tests, but I'm not sure.
Anyway, you're not alone in your low-test mentality.
Mama to a bilingual (Arabic/English) and cuddly 3 year old, and planning another peaceful homebirth in June.
with all the nuchal scan news popping up around here I'm wondering if anyone is bypassing all genetic screening. Last time around I only did a 20 week ultrasound and felt good about the info I got from that. I didn't to the AFP blood draw because I wanted to stay away from the false positive gate to amnio. This time, I'm 5 years older (34) and considering the quad screen (blood test), but really I'd rather not do anything and just get a good u/s at 18-20 wks. I am not actually that person who would keep the baby "no matter what" but still, I'd rather be optimistic and not let tests freak me out. Anyone else?
I'm with you on the tests.
Lisa married to B WAHM to C (08.09)
with all the nuchal scan news popping up around here I'm wondering if anyone is bypassing all genetic screening. Last time around I only did a 20 week ultrasound and felt good about the info I got from that. I didn't to the AFP blood draw because I wanted to stay away from the false positive gate to amnio.
I've always been that person who was sure they would terminate upon news of a severe disability, and I still am that person. The issue is that I am not interested in an invasive procedure, like amnio, to indicate that there is truly a real problem.
We're forgoing genetic testings on the premise that we as healthy, young parents will produce another healthy offspring. I understand that these factors are not always relevent in subsequent pregnancies, but I feel the odds are in our favor and that this fetus I'm carrying is absolutely going to be the perfect addition to our family.
While ultrasounds do provide the advantage of seeing any apparent defects, I consider them more fun than anything else. That's why we'll be doing the 20 week and even a 3D a little later on.
Sami; Dedicated to Joey, 6yrs as Wife... already 10 as Sweetheart
"attached" SAHM for our spunky Leo boys Loki & Joseph (2 & 5)
We've got a new addition - our first babygirl - arriving mid to late February! Life is good.
Never had genetic testing but this time they want us to. I need to research it more before making a decision but because we are having 2 we do want as few surprises as possible if that makes sense.
mom to three, 4 and under.
Kimberly, mom & wife - about pregnancy and birth
DD 2004; 3 babies 2007-08; twin DDs 2009; DD 7/12/11 hospital VBAC after 2 cesareans!
I'm one of the early nuchal measuring momma's on here (first time in three pregnancies I've had it done, the other two just had the 18 week scan) and my post about a larger than normal measurement might have been one of the kickstarts to this thread. If my second son had not died after his birth due to an issue that should have been caught on ultrasound I wouldn't have had the earlier scan this time around.
If my next scan shows more increased markers I might have an amnio. It just depends on the results. If there are many markers I want to know if it is Downs or Trisomy 13 or 18.
But, as the genetic counselor told us, ultrasound only catches about 50% of genetic problems. Anyone know if that is an accurate assessment???
Kiana - 1999, Quinn - 2002, Ciela - 2004, Carina - 2006 and Sullivan born 8-18-09
“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines.” - Marcia Angell, M.D., former NEJM Editor Private Parts are Private Property!
Christine, mom to C(7.5) - E(5) - J(3) - B(10 mos)
Doula, childbirth educator, Co-leader of ICAN of Atlanta
"Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it." ~Anonymous
I just turned 39 in my 2end trimester and am not testing . I had my first at 37 and i remember the stress that we went with the info. Despite all that ,i still held onto not testing and we did fine. I will put my energy on eating right and taking care of myself. All the rest will be accepatable no matter what comes.
I'm 32, no testing w/either of my other two pg - 2 early ultrasounds w/#1 b/c of early bleeding, which I'm pretty sure I wouldn't repeat now.
I'm just strongly of the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" school of thought. I think my body would let me know if there was something actualy wrong with a baby by miscarrying or other signs. Not all abnormalities are "wrong" in my view, just different. Different isn't bad in my value system.
This is a personal choice, though. I'm fully supportive of moms having whatever available testing gives them peace of mind.
Here as mama to W (2/04), R (5/06), D (7/09), and J (12/9/12!), co-parenting with my DH
I WOH part-time, am a doula & childbirth educator, home/unschool, and hope we are nearing the center of chaos
It also seemed to me that based on the threads more mamas were choosing to have early screening than not. I guess it makes sense since getting screening results makes for news to share (and I'm so glad to have it all shared and discuss folks' results!). So, mostly I was just curious...
As always, there's no judgment implied here AT ALL. Each of us has to make the decision that makes sense for our families, our babies, and our selves.