Screening for Down Syndrome…should I do it?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Should I screen for Down Syndrome?
    Yes : (58 votes)
    82 %
    No : (7 votes)
    10 %
    Wait, they can determine later in your pregnancy. : (6 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 31
    407 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Well, I had the Nuchal Scan but I passed on the blood test that accompanies it. Simply because I’ve researched that test gives false positives, especially to AMA mothers, so I skipped. Who needs added stress of a false positive? I did take the MaterniT21 test, and I’m happy I did. 

    Post # 32
    9095 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    We did the test. We would’ve aborted if our daughter had DS.

    Post # 33
    4535 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Kendrao :  I personally would screen but only so I know at an earlier time and not because it would change my decision as to whether to still have the baby. I’ve spent a lot of time with people with Down syndrome and to me it isn’t something I’d terminate a pregnancy over. As a health professional we are taught that you can’t quantify  someones elses quality of life. That is up to the individual. Many people living with down syndrome and other disabilities live a full and happy life. I however do understand that for some soon to be parents that it is a scary diagnosis and they may feel termination is the best option. 

    OP only you and your partner can determine what your beliefs and decision making process will be on this. However I do suggest you really think about possible scenarios before opting to have this done.


    Post # 34
    861 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I had a NIPT test (the non invasive blood test that screens for a few things). It is recommended to anyone over 35 here. It was on the expensive side, but very easy and gave peace of mind. My Darling Husband and I would not want to bring a child into the world if the quality of life would be greatly compromised for the child and ourselves.

    Post # 35
    208 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    We turned out to be further along than our 8 week scan said so couldnt do the nuchal test. My Bil’ s wife had it though and ended up aborting due to defects incompatible with life.  for those against abortion she would’ve had to go through the stress of pregnancy and labour which has a risk for her body for the baby tp die after birth or later in pregnancy. 

    Our baby ended up being diagnosed with complex congenital heart disease at 35 weeks pregnant after a bit of a run around from our local gp. I went to 41 weeks stressed out about the possibility of downs as heart defects are a marker. I would’ve preferred to have all the information. 

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