Post # 1
I’m considering having the testing done, pretty much so I can have another ultrasound 🙂 We don’t have any family history or age issues to worry about, and the outcome wouldn’t effect my decision to keep the baby, I mostly want another look at him or her and easy any concerns if there was a probelm. I live in Texas and have United Heath Care, all of my prenatal care and delivery/hospital stay are 100% covered, just wondering if they would cover the testing or how much it would be. I see my doctor on Christmas Eve and was planning on talking with her about it.
Post # 3
A lot of the time they have free clinics – ask your local Jewish Community Center or Family Organization or even synagogue and they will guide you to the right place. I had my FI do it – and if he’s a carrier, then I will go.
Post # 4
However, this was pre-marriage not during any pregnancy!
Post # 5
Genetic testing usually refers to testing of you and your husband separately, to determine whether either/both of you has or is a carrier for any genetic diseases. It wouldn’t give you a look at the baby. And even if you are referring to testing the baby, many of the tests (alpha-fetoprotein testing or amniocentesis) don’t involve looking at the baby, but testing cells from the baby. While an ultrasound would typically be done in the course of amniocentesis, in order to guide the needle, amniocentesis also carries the risk of causing a miscarriage, so it’s not a good idea to do it purely in order to get another ultrasound.
Post # 6
@2dBride: it would be for the baby, Trisomy testing for autism/Down syndrom. They do an ultrasound to check the baby’s neck folds, they take measurements and they take blood from me. They take both results and calculate a percentage odor how likely I am to carry a baby with autism or Down syndrome, ex 1 in 2000.
But when I saw my doctor on Christmas Eve she did a quick ultrasound so we got to see baby 🙂
Post # 7
Generally, Jewish genetic testing is done on the adults prior to getting pregnant. That is what I thought you were referring to here. In that case, no insurance won’t cover it but it is worth the money to know if you are a Tay Sacs carrier or not as well as the 18 other genetic diseases common in Ashkenazi Jews.
Post # 8
I’m confused. Trisomy has nothing to do with autism. You can’t tell whether or not your baby has autism before he or she is born–there’s no test for that. Trisomy is genetic testing for chromosomal abnormalities.