Post # 1
I’m miffed because my OB referred me to an office that does genetic testing, but they won’t let me schedule a chat with the genetics counselor or any of the tests I want done because I’m under 35 and (to my limited knowledge) don’t have a family history of problems. I don’t care that insurance wouldn’t cover it, I have money saved up for this pregnancy.
I’m upset because the brochure they gave me says, “Recently, ACOG amended its recommendations to say that screening and diagnostic tests should be available to all women, regardless of age.”
The first trimester screening they will do only looks at 2 chromosomes, while the blood test I’m asking for looks at 5.
How can I get them to order extra tests? I am so frustrated with this whole process!
Post # 3
Find a different doctor. If you are willing to pay out of pocket, they shouldn’t care. Do you live in a very conservative area? Doctors where I grew up in the south are much more likely to refuse these tests to women, because they believe it leads to abortions (even though it is none of their business).
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@oldmatron: If you don’t have risk factors or history, why do you want the extra tests? As a last resort bring in $1000 cash and flash it at your OB and request that they order the test for you; offer to tip them $100 if they refuse.
Post # 5
@beachbride1216: “As a last resort bring in $1000 cash and flash it at your OB and request that they order the test for you; offer to tip them $100 if they refuse.”
And if this changes their mind, then definitely find a new doctor! Accepting a bribe from a patient would be completely unethical, who knows what else such a doctor is capable of?
Post # 6
@oldmatron: just curious as to why you want these tests if you have no risk factors. I would call around to other offices.
Post # 7
I don’t actually know what risk factors I have because my husband’s family is an information black hole. I personally feel that if up to $3,000 and a vile of blood can indicate a chromosonal problem, then I owe it to everyone to take the test. If I didn’t take it and there were a problem, how could I live with myself?
Post # 8
@oldmatron: So, you’re trying to find out because you would elect to get an abortion if there were a problem? Is that right?
Post # 9
@ForeverBlessed: I really don’t think it’s any of your business to ask this question. It’s the OPs decision and she doesn’t need to explain herself to you, a random Internet stranger.
@oldmatron: if they really will not do it I think you can contact labcorp and do the harmony test which is the cheaper equivalent to the maternit21 But tells you the same information. I’d be weary of staying with a doctor that doesn’t repect your request though.
Post # 10
@lovemygsp: + 1 to both points
Post # 12
that’s so frustrating! I’m 12.5 weeks along and it’s standard practice for my OB to do/offer a whole slew of genetic screenings (bloodwork at 6 and 16 weeks, NT scan, and any follow ups like CVS and amino), and I’m only 29 and have no family history of anything. although caveat–if this is for the harmony test, in my state they legally can’t run that if you’re under 35, even if you pay out of pocket, since it’s so new.
Post # 13
@lovemygsp: Very well said on both points
Post # 14
Why do u need a doctor to order the test? I just went to a private clinic and had the tests done on my own. It was fast and easy. I paid out of pocket (I did the verifi test). I live in Canada By The Way, if it makes a difference. I also felt that if there is a chormosomal abnormality and I can find out for sure with a blood test, and I can afford it, then I want to know. What I do about it is my business. Just like doing the NT ultrasound – which is standard practice in Canada, you do it so you know, what patients do about it once they know is another issue.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
@ForeverBlessed: uhm, rude.
Post # 16
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
@ForeverBlessed: I’m thinking she would rather prepare herself for any potential difficulties (such as cerebral palsy) beforehand so she can do research and be emotionally ready, rather than be surprised later. No need to jump to conclusions.