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.
- Any pregnant woman. (ACOG Committee Opinion: Any patient may consider cell free fetal DNA as a screening test for common aneuplodies regardless of risk status and should understand the benefits & limitations of this screening test.)
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.