(Closed) MaterniT21 Testing — what's that?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@gpsp2B:  It is a blood test for all the three major trisomys. I got it, it’s very expensive and usually recommended for moms of advanced maternal age, or if your family had a history of downs or the other trisomys. It is definitely not the NT test.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yep, not the same as the NT scan.  Blood test only.  Providers website: http://www.sequenomcmm.com/Home/Patients/MaterniT21PLUS

Although i think my doctor’s office said that if your insurance doesn’t cover it the company will only charge $235 for it.  Mine was covered, but i’ll be curious to see what my portion of the payment is…

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@gpsp2B:  Yep, I had the test and found out my LO’s gender today at 11w4d from the blood taken at 10w1d. 

are you advanced age?  I know that they really only recommend this test for advanced age or other risk factors.  I think that ACOG changed its recommendations very recently: http://www.acog.org/Resources_And_Publications/Committee_Opinions/Committee_on_Genetics/Noninvasive_Prenatal_Testing_for_Fetal_Aneuploidy

Also, the $235 (or whatever it would be, in case I’m wrong 🙂 ) would be charged right to you from the company so it wouldn’t affect your deductible at all.  I think that’s what the company is doing to get more people to use the test?  Offering a lower price if your insurance doesn’t cover it?  Dunno.

It’s similar to the quad 1 screening, but I won’t have an NT scan; i just had the blood test. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@gpsp2B:  I agree with getting prepared and doing some early testing.  I do think that they’ll probably counsel you against this test (and just into the regular Quad 1 screening) – also note this bullet point from the ACOG opinion:

“Cell free fetal DNA testing should not be offered to low-risk women or women with multiple gestations because it has not been sufficiently evaluated in these groups. “

So I wonder if their success rates in detection are only b/c they’ve tested on these high risk groups?

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

There are a few free cell DNA tests available. I had the Verifi test because my insurance covered it due to AMA. A few of my doctors have said they expect tests like Verifi, Harmony and MaterniT21 to completely replace the NT scans within a year or two because they are so much more accurate- I think it is 98 or 99% accurate in detecting chromosonal disorders. I am very lucky my insurance covered it because it gave me piece of mind. Hopefully more insurances will cover it in the near future.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@gpsp2B:  I just scheduled my appt for the MaterniT21 test. You are def not in the category for this test- lucky young girl! I will find out the gender right at 12 weeks.

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