Would you be in safer hands if your doctor had the same illness as you? We hear from a dermatologist with a skin complaint, a psychiatrist with depression, an oncologist who survived cancer and a maternal fetal medicine specialist who couldn’t conceive.
Would you feel safer if you were being treated by a doctor who had the same condition you had? Some physicians can be reluctant to go public with their own health problems..
But others are more open about their struggles..
Compared to traditional prenatal screening tests, NIPT has a higher detection rate and a lower false positive rate. If the testing is reassuring, one can follow-up with her OB/GYN for the rest of your routine screening and ultrasounds that are recommended during pregnancy.
As a prenatal genetic counselor, I spend a lot of time talking to expectant mothers who will be 35 years or older at delivery, or “advanced maternal age”. There is an increased chance with each passing year that our eggs will make an error with separation of the chromosomes (the packets of material that contain our genes) during fertilization.
No matter what the circumstances, no woman is prepared to be placed on bed rest and taken away from all the roles and responsibilities that define her. Suddenly you’re no longer a coworker or a mom, a wife or partner, a daughter, sister or friend.