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#1 of 7 Old 01-02-2015, 03:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Prenatal Testing

We are expecting our third baby and are excited about it. With our first two, we didn't do any ultrasounds or prenatal testing - I was 27 and 30. The tests just didn't seem good enough and I know enough about pregnancy stress hormones that the risks seemed to outweight the benefits. This time I was planning to do one of the NIPTs, maternal blood tests, like Maternit21 or Panorama. I'm 32, so not high risk, but with taking care of two other kids full time, homeschooling, etc. I felt like it would be good to know. Plus the NIPTs are completely uninvasive and pretty accurate, though they do have a risk of false positives. Anyway, I called the specialists office today and found out that as of October 2014, things have changed (due to some data that came out showing a 7-16% false positive rate) and most of the NIPTs are no longer available at all for women under 35. Natera will run Panorama without risk factors for an out of pocket cost of $795. Yuck!

So, I think we are back to doing no prenatal testing at all. I was completely okay with that the first two times and I'm working on getting back to that feeling this time. But struggling with it for some reason.
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Hmmm that is very interesting info on the cost change!
My ages for first 2 pregnancies were also 27 and 30 and I'm now 32... We did however do the NT scan and anatomy scan for both of those pregnancies, and if the Panorama test will be $800 we will definitely stick to the NT scan this time too. My midwife said their office had a "contracted" out of pocket cost of $150 this year but it might change next year. She thought the cost would go down but she must be wrong... We just had a surprise ambulance ride to the ER for our 2 yr old this week so we are already underwater in medical costs... Can't wait to be rid of our high deductible plan when DH starts a new job soon.
I was feeling uneasy about the Panorama test after reading about the false positive rate... Maybe a blessing in disguise to be priced out of it.
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I didn't do any in my previous pregnancy. Looking back, I am glad I didn't. If I would have tested early, I would have known that my baby would likely not survive. Instead, I had a wonderful 20 weeks of pregnancy before knowing anything was wrong. I would have been miserable knowing the entire time what was wrong.

This time, I feel a bit different. I don't want to know because I want to stay happy and relaxed. But, I also want to know because I am far from relaxed about this pregnancy. I just need to know that everything is OK. We plan on doing the NT scan at 12 weeks.
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I spoke with someone at Panorama today and it sounds like they still have the policy of "working with patients" to lower the out of pocket costs. She was hesitant to say a real number but I finally got her to say it could be about $200. I don't know though, I will check with my midwife office to see if they know anything further. It sounds like the billing practice with these places is to send out large bills ($700-3000) to patients and then waive most of it away if you call and plead poverty. A way to bring in insurance money and get more business, but it certainly sounds like they have led to many pregnant women being stressed out during pregnancy- awful!
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we won't be doing any testing. we did do an ultrasound for our first two but that was it. not even going to do that this time. no worries

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We also won't be doing any testing. We just had to make the final decision about doing the NT scan and for me I know that any increase in chances would make me fixate and worry. I feel like I already do that so much, and don't need an opportunity to stress more. I would probably feel differently if I had a history of loss, but at this point I feel comfortable with opting out and trying to relax.
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I am planning to do the NT scan. I did it with my DD and I am 37, DH is 44. I guess I prefer to be mentally prepared if there is a problem. Plus, I won't lie. I like an opportunity to take a look at the baby. I had a miscarriage in October, so I think it would give me a little peace of mind.

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