Anyone have a postie Quad Screen for Downs and a healthy baby??

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
2256 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@aliciapdx: Sorry lovely lady for the scary news. 🙁 But, the false postiive rate is something like 5% for the quad screen and Downs, I think, which is high! Have you heard of the new blood tests for trisomies? The most commonly done ones are the MaterniT21 and Harmony tests. Unlike an amnio, there is no risk to baby, as it’s just a blood draw from you. It’s supposed to be 99% accurate for Downs. In your place, I’d ask for the MaterniT21/Harmony test as the next step – if it’s negative, then you’re likely in the clear. Positive, and you know for sure. They say test results take about 2 weeks.

FX for you my dear. (((hugs)))

Post # 5
256 posts
Helper bee

My co-worker had a test that came up positive for Downs.  I didn’t know what test it was, but it turned out to be a false positive.  Her doctor said it has a high false positive rate.

The previous poster has certainly given you options for other tests which hopefully you will be able to get.

I wish you and your baby well.



Post # 6
1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

So what all does this mean exactly? Do you go in for more testing? Ultrasounds? Do you know how many baby’s are born with downs that get this positive test? Like what is the probability? My thoughts are with you guys!

Post # 7
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had two close girlfiends who had false positives! Which made their pregnancies rought, they lost alot of sleep over it and prepared for something that wasnt even true. I felt horrible for what they went threw. I refused to have any genetic testing done becuase of that, I figure it is what it is and we’ll see when it happens. I would have to agree with getting further testing done, put your mind to ease either way. Good luck and HUGS!

Post # 8
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

@LoveMikey:  Wow!  That is beautiful!  Thanks for sharing!


@aliciapdx:  (HUGS!)  I have no experience with this but just wanted to send some hugs.  Take a deep breath.  You will get through this.  Regardless of the outcome, everything will be okay.

Post # 9
1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I personally know two people who had false positives. Both went on to have completely healthy babies. I was terrified of a false positive so we decided against the testing when I was pregnant. 

Fingers crossed that this is in fact a false positive.

Post # 10
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@aliciapdx:  I’m so sorry you’re having to worry. I konw it doesn’t help much, but keep in mind it is a screening test for risk, not a diagnostic test.  Take it one day at a time and figure out what the next step is.  

ETA – my mom had a positive result with my sister and had amnio done – everything was fine.

Post # 11
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@PumpkinSpiceChai:  I love sharing her story when I can. A fellow bee actually posted it on another thread several months ago at least, and the story has really stuck with me ever since. My aunt has a learning disability, and my sister worked with severely handicapped kids for a while (who she and I both fell in love with instantly), so I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for disabled children. When I read Nella’s story, it really struck a cord with me. I have so much love for her, and I don’t even know her! 

Post # 12
1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@LoveMikey:  that is a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing!

Post # 14
1286 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m so sorry you have to worry about this! When my MD was explaining the test to us, he cautioned us that a positive only warrents more testing, that positives don’t mean there is anything wrong, just something to look into. What is your doctor advising? Will you be doing more testing to be sure?

Post # 15
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@LoveMikey:  I read that story. I admire the hell out of her because I could never dedicate my life to a child in that way.

@aliciapdx:  I am so sorry you are going through this. I hope you get definitive answers soon so you are able to make the best decisions possible for you and your DH, whatever those might be.

Post # 16
2187 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@KH:  +1. Did they give you a # (ie 1/100 etc) of your “risk”. I had the screening done as well and they can only really tell you what your risk is, and not a definite yes/no that something is or will be wrong (unless you do the amnio, of course). Example, our results after the NT scan and 2 rounds of blood labs were 1/20,000.


I would definitely do some follow up testing (which i assume you are currently looking into) before worrying about it too much. My midwife did warn me that by doing the testing, that you do subject yourself to the posibility of false positives which are very common – which is why i think a lot of people opt out of the testing all together.

ETA. My best friend had a little boy with downs 2 years ago. Her quad screening came back  normal, and surprise – her little guy was born with moderate downs. He is now my Godson and the most unbelievable, happy, snuggly, wonderfully loving little boy. My girlfriend has always said that her journey leading to parenthood has just taken her down a different road than she anticipated, but now wouldn’t have it any other way. Please keep us posted on your progress and journey from here.






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