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.
This has been an unconventional summer, to say the least, and it has been an unconventional time as a physician! That’s why, even though I’m on vacation, I want to share this important update regarding COVID-19 pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding.
Although COVID-19 is still here, life is still open with many important events likely happening in your life… events that require gifts or even pick-me-ups! Summer is also here so you might have a friend or loved one who is about to have a baby, or YOU may be expecting! I am sure there are young children of your own or a friend’s who are celebrating birthdays, but unfortunately without the party.
For many people trying to have a baby in their late 30’s and early 40’s, the journey can involve a few unexpected twists and turns. The journey might involve multiple IUI and IVF cycles and eventually result in exploration of using an egg or sperm donor or surrogate. There are many questions and feelings to address while navigating this process.