Non-Invasive Prenatal Test

Safe, Accurate, Easy

What is Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing?

The Non-invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) is one of the newest screening tests for most common genetic conditions that can affect the development of the baby. With a simple blood draw process in one tube (7-10ml), the test can be done easily. Reliable, safe and non-invasive, you can know more about your child’s health in as early as the 10-week gestational age into the pregnancy. As they say, nothing can prepare you for motherhood. NIPT helps to lessen your worries by giving you better insight as to what to expect.

What Does NIPT Screen For?

NIPT is able to screen your baby for more of the most common chromosome abnormalities than any other screening option. You also have the ability to choose how many or how few conditions you screen for based on your concerns. As shown on the chart, it will allow you to discover if your child is at risk for Down Syndrome, Patau Syndrome or Edward’s Syndrome. As an option, you can also check for other chromosomal abnormalities occurring from microdeletions.

Basic NIPT screens for

Down syndrome
Edward’s Syndrome
Patau Syndrome

How is the test done?

NIPT is a blood test that is non-invasive and does not have a risk of miscarriage. Your doctor collects one tube of blood from the mother, and ships it to our laboratory. Your doctor usually receives the results within 2 weeks.

How accurate is NIPT?

NIPT can provide more accurate information about your baby, earlier and easier than other screening and testing options. However, there is always a small possibility of a false positive or false negative test. Unfortunately no one or combination of tests can guarantee a healthy baby. NIPT is a screening test, designed to provide you with some information about your baby, but it is limited. If a concern for a chromosome abnormality is identified, additional diagnostic testing, such as CVS or amniocentesis, is recommended before making any medical management decisions

Is NIPT Right For You?

Prenatal screening and testing can give you a lot of information to think about, including things you may not have expected. Before pursuing NIPT or any other prenatal screening, you and your partner should discuss the following questions. You may also discuss these questions further with your doctor before testing.

  • What information do I/we want to learn from this test?
  • What information can the test give me?
  • What information can’t the test give me?
  • What would I/we do with the results?
  • What would I/we do if the results are abnormal?
  • Would I/we consider doing more testing if the results are abnormal?
  • Would abnormal results affect how I/we would manage the pregnancy?

Who Should Get the Test?

  • Advanced maternal age (35 years or older for a single pregnancy, 32 years or older for a twin pregnancy).
  • Had another abnormal prenatal scan.
  • A concern or abnormality was found on ultrasound.
  • Have a personal family history of chromosome trisomy 21, 18, 13, or sex chromosome abnormality.

What Should I Do Next?

There are many different tests and screens available during pregnancy. It is important for you to decide what information you want to know about you and your baby, and consider how you would use this information.