Post # 1
I’m a little confused with all the different options. I’m not high risk but we do want to prepare for if there is a genetic abnormality with our baby. So far the two things that have been presented to me are MaterniT21, and the NT scan with blood work. I will look into it more but wanted some general opinions. I am trying to work out whether or not these are covered by insurance and what the costs are as well as the efficacy of the tests. So far, I have been told that the NT scan plus blood work is more of the old technology while the MaterniT21 is a more accurate blood test with fewer false positives. I got a pricing of $400 for the NT scan plus bloodwork, and a pricing of $200 for MaterniT21. Any opinions or advice?
Post # 3
I’d go with maternit21 if I had a choice. Unfortunately my insurance wouldn’t cover it so NT scan is all i got. The maternit21 has very accurate results and is less invasive/subjective as there is no ultrasound involved with a tech trying to get measurements (some people don’t like having tons of ultrasounds).
Post # 4
@hspw714: I’d do maternit21 if I had the choice. they only offered me the Nt scan with bloodworK.
Post # 5
@hspw714: I would totally do the maternit21 if that were an option. Unfortunately my insurance didn’t cover it, so we went with the NT scan and blood work.
Post # 6
I was under the impression the materni21 testing is only available for high risk pregnancies.. that there wasn’t as much of a success rate shown with low risk… their high risk factors were like over 35, history of genetic problems, and something else. i can’t remember, it was 3 things. So I’m not sure if you fall into one of these categories.
I wasn’t high risk in that way, so I had the NT scan. But I didn’t overly investigate false positives and such because all my answers were “very lowest possibility”.
Post # 7
@hspw714: I did both. I would choose the Maternit21 for sure.
Post # 8
I took Verifi- which is similar to MaterniT21. My doctor said that he believes they will soon do away with the NT scan and instead MaternT21, Verifi and Harmony will be the gold standard for genetic testing once insurances cover it for everyone. I was high risk, so luckily the testing was covered for me or I know it can get expensive. NT scans have way too many false positives.
Post # 9
We’re opting out of all genetic testing actually.
However if we wanted to do genetic testing and our insurance covered it, I would definitely do the MaterniT rather than NT
Post # 10
@hspw714: I would do the MaterniT21, hands down. It’s more accurate, false positives are nearly unheard-of, and it has the added benefit of letting you know the sex about 2 months earlier than if you relied on ultrasound alone. I did the Harmony myself (like the MaterniT21, but a different lab) at 10 weeks and had results in a week and a half. I think in another 10 years or so blood testing with be the norm rather than NT scans.
Post # 11
We did the NT but only because insurance covered it and the MaterniT21 was 300 out of pocket. Also, I had more routine ultrasounds so I knew we would likely be able to find out the gender of the baby earlier than 20 weeks anyway on one of those. However, if both were covered or price wasn’t an issue I’d do the MaterniT21 test over NT, false positive rate on NT is much higher and I for one love to find out the gender asap 🙂
Post # 12
We did the NT scan because I would need to be either 35 or older OR have a high risk assed after the NT scan. Either way, the NT scan would have been 1st.
Post # 13
I recommend MaturniT21. It tests for sex chromosonal abnormalities that can indicate growth disorders, developmental delays/intellectual shortcomings, and sterility. If you want a chance of biological grand kids, you might want to have another baby if your first one has a sex chromosonal disorder, so it’s helpful to know these things early.