Pre-natal Blood Test
Once pregnant, our team will refer you on for Non Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) which uses cell-free fetal DNA found in maternal blood to identify the most common chromosome conditions seen in new-borns. This test screens for anomalies in chromosomes 21, 18, and 13 (Down, Edwards, and Patau syndromes). It also detects the most common anomalies in the sexual chromosomes X and Y.
This test detects chromosomal anomalies with very high precision.
The NIPT blood test can be performed at any time from 10 weeks of pregnancy, as confirmed by a dating scan. The blood test will be taken and tested using a deep sequencing technique.
Used in conjunction with a 12-week ultrasound, the results from these tests will inform you of the risk of fetal abnormality and whether further testing is necessary.