About Chromosomal Screening

All women, whatever their age, carry a risk of delivering a baby with a chromosomal problem; the risk increases as the age of the mother increases. These syndromes are chromosomal abnormalities caused by the presence of an extra chromosome within the cells of the baby. At this is my, we are able to calculate the risk not only for Down’s Syndrome (T21) in the first trimester but also for Edward’s (T18) and Patau (T13) syndromes. In requested cases we can also calculate the risk for other rare abnormalities including Triplody, Turners and many other syndromes. Trisomy 21 is the most common chromosomal abnormality followed by Trisomy 18, Trisomy 13, Triplody and Turners syndrome.

Chromosomal screening

At this is my: we offer you a choice of optimal screens for pregnant women who want to test for Down’s Syndrome and other chromosomal conditions. With the NHS screen many women receive unnecessary high-risk results and the waiting to get results can be worst of all. We aim to strip away all the confusion about screening and provide you with the safest, most rapid and accurate advanced screening services available so that you can relax, feeling fully informed and confident that you made the right choice.

Who should be screened?

Not everyone wishes to screen for a chromosomal problem for example Down’s Syndrome. You have the choice to decide.

When you’re deciding whether or not to have a test, think about what you might do if the test suggests that your baby has a high risk of a problem.

Ask yourself this question: “would I consider a termination if my baby had a chromosomal abnormality?”

If your answer is NO; you may choose not to screen as any result may cause you to worry.

If your answer is YES; you may choose to screen for a chromosomal abnormality.

It is important to remember that whether you choose to screen or not the vast majority of pregnant women will have a normal baby. It is also important to discuss your issues and concerns with your partner, midwife, doctor, or friends to help you decide what’s right for you.

Chromosomal screening does not give you a definitive diagnosis. It will only give you a chance or risk of your baby being affected with an abnormality. There are a number of tests available and the optimal test is the one which gives the highest detection for the lowest screen positive rate. Currently this is Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing or NIPT but this is not available currently on the NHS.

At this is my: we offer you a choice of optimal screens for pregnant women who want to test for Down’s Syndrome and other chromosomal conditions, see our link below.

Your results and what to do if you have a high risk result?

The vast majority of pregnant women will be given a low risk result and go on to have a healthy normal baby. However, should a screening test return a high risk result for a chromosomal abnormality, you’ll be offered a diagnostic test which will give a more definite diagnosis. These diagnostic tests carry a small risk of miscarriage; you can decide not to have them. Again, remember to discuss your issues and concerns with your partner, midwife, doctor, or friends to help you decide what’s right for you. At this is my: we are happy to talk to you at any time, we have many years’ experience in screening for chromosomal conditions.