Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) is a quick and safe way to get more information about your baby’s health from as early as 10 weeks. NIPT is a screening test, which means that it can tell us if your baby is at higher risk of certain conditions such as Down’s syndrome.
NIPT works by detecting the tiny fragments of placental DNA that circulate in your bloodstream when you are pregnant. The placenta has exactly the same DNA as your baby, so it enables us to assess the risk of chromosomal abnormalities.
The three main conditions that we screen for are:
All three of these are caused by trisomy, which is when the baby has an extra copy of a particular chromosome. The nuchal scan that you will have between 11 weeks 5 days and 13 weeks 5 days will also screen for these chromosomal abnormalities. However, NIPT is more accurate and can be performed earlier in the pregnancy. It can detect more than 99% of babies with Down’s syndrome, while the nuchal translucency test can only detect 84%.
We can also test for sex chromosome conditions and certain other abnormalities with NIPT. Your consultant can help you decide which tests are appropriate for you. Anyone can have NIPT, even during twin, IVF, donor or surrogate pregnancies. However, it is particularly important if you are at higher risk of chromosomal abnormalities, for example if you are older parents.
We offer three different types of NIPT at our clinic in Cheshire: the SAFE, Panorama and Harmony tests. Get in touch if you need advice on which one is right for you or make your NIPT appointment in Cheshire through our simple online booking system.
Please note in the circumstance that during your appointment an ultrasound scan is performed but we do not proceed to the NIPT, a fee of £100 (£150 for evening/weekend appointments) will be charged for the appointment only. If booked online, £400 will be refunded to you.
Please note Anticoagulation therapy (blood thinners such as Clexane) can increase the possibility of receiving No Result for your NIPT. Please leave as long between administering your dose and your NIPT appointment as possible. For example, if you administer in the evening and have an early morning appointment, either change to an appointment late in the day, or refrain from your evening dose. If you administer in the morning, refrain from that dose until after your appointment. If you have any queries regarding this, please contact our team firstname.lastname@example.org.
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