Should every couple undergo genetic prenatal testing? Many couples never even consider the possibility that they might have a baby with a chromosome problem, such as Down syndrome, or a birth defect, such as a cleft lip.
A generation ago, the mother’s age was the only screening tool available for identifying at-risk pregnancies for chromosomal anomalies. Forty years of scientific advances have changed this situation for the better!
The availability of increasingly accurate and affordable, non-invasive prenatal tests means that women of all ages now have access to important testing options. Dr. Stillson recommends the Panorama screening test – the link below takes you to a Q&A that will answer all of your questions.
A screening test surveys a population to identify those individuals at increased risk of a certain condition. In the prenatal context, screening tests include ultrasound scans, biochemical screening and non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT).
Pre-test counseling is vital so that couples understand the maternal age-related chances of a baby with a major chromosomal disorder, and can weigh the risks and benefits of the Panorama test.
There are physical, emotional and financial considerations, so if you have any questions about your options, please SPEAK UP!
Dr. Stillson provides counseling to couples throughout your pregnancy; our clinicians are here to make you feel comfortable, and to help you make the right decision for you and your family.
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To further discuss a Panorama test, or to schedule an appointment, visit drstillson.com.