Prenatal Testing

prenatal testing Is becoming more prevalent millions of women around the world decide to through prenatal testing during their pregnancies to determine if their child will have a genetic disorder

The first thing a family should know is that there are two types of prenatal testing-invasive and noninvasive Invasive testing involves testing the amniotic fluid of the fetus, taken directly from the uterus using probes and needles Non-invasive prenatal testing involves examining the mothers placenta for cell free fetal DNA that is released into the placenta, and then into the maternal bloodstream at about 4 weeks gestation Both invasive and noninvasive testing bears both risks and benefits One of the main risks of invasive testing is the chance of miscarriage According to Hilary Burton and Caroline Wright, researchers for the PHG Foundation Strangeways Research Laboratory, they say, invasive procedures carry a risk of miscarriage around 1%

Along with the chance of miscarriage, invasive testing carries along with it worry and distress for both the mother and her family Non-invasive prenatal testing eradicates some of these worries, but possesses its own drawbacks Kerry Oxenford, a research midwife at UCLH, states that although non-invasive prenatal testing is not 100% effective, there is no risk for miscarriage and it eliminates the anxiety that comes along with invasive testing The International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis or ISPD, is a non profit organization that's goal is to educate the public on prenatal testing They encourage the spread of this information through courses, meetings, and scholarly journals but most importantly through public interaction

What exactly are the advantages and disadvantages of both invasive and noninvasive prenatal testing? How is it done? What are the risks? How early can the procedures be performed? These are the questions ISPD can answer ISPD does not have an opinion on prenatal testing, they want to encourage the public to become well informed and then they want the public to form their own personal opinion on prenatal testing


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