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    Hi OP, with DS2 we had a 1:288 'risk' and opted not to have the amnio as we didn't want to risk miscarriage. I spoke to my GP about the risk rate depending on who performs the procedure and he said the risk is what it is - the chances of infection etc don't lessen just because it's never happened to the doctor in the past.

    It's a decision that only you can make. However, in what other situation would a .4% chance be considered high risk? It's very low risk IMO. This result would not be considered high risk in other countries, eg UK.

    DS2 was born chromosomally normal.

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    Hi Cizza
    I was in your very position a month ago. I has a 1:271 odds of Down syndrome. I knew more likely than not the baby would have normal chromosomes 99.6% but there's that doubt. It look us 16 cycles of fertility treatment to get pregnant so the idea of any risk of miscarriage- particularly one higher than the risk of DS did not sit well with me. I could not forgive myself for miscarrying a healthy baby after all we had been through. I decided to do the igenescreen in Perth. Two weeks after I got my results- screen negative for all trisomies- new risk rate varied between 1in 7 million to 1 in 480 million. I think it's a good choice for people like us- it can help you make the final decision of an amnio. We would have proceeded with the amnio if it came back positive. The test felt like a stepping stone between the two. An expensive one! But when I phoned to cancel my amnio it was worth every cent! X

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    Best of luck with the amnio if you decide to go ahead next week, Cizza. To be honest, I was also planning to have an amnio if we came back with a high risk (since we'd also decided we would terminate if required).

    It's scary, but try to keep in mind that the odds if you have an amnio are still in your favour - it's a 199 in 200 likelihood that the amnio won't cause any issues, and a 281:282 chance that the baby is chromosomally fine.

    You're right - there's a lot more things to worry about these days. While I like having more information and more options, it certainly adds to the stress of it all.

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    hi there

    not sure what state you are in? My sister recently had a similar experience, high risk NT (i think it was about 1 in 35). She and her husband have had some years of fertility issues and did not want to take the risk of an amniocentesis. She found out about a private genetic counselling practice and they arranged the blood test. It is called non invasive prenatal testing. The clinic that arranged the test are in sydney (bondi junction).

    Fortunately for my sister, they got good news, massive relief for them and the family. The results came back in about 2 weeks, although it was pretty $$$$. Although my sister said it was worth every cent.

    Good luck with your decision.

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    [QUOTE=Sonja;7124556]there is a practioner in Melbourne who has a zero percent miscarriage rate.

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    do you know such a practitioner? Can you please share the name

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    Default To have or not to have Amnio test... stuck between a rock and a hard place

    Hi Cizza, I've had the non-invasive blood test twice. In ACT it's called the Harmony test and cost $485 I think. Anyway, the first pregnancy our results came back as positive for Down's syndrome and we actually found out we lost that baby the day before we received the results. The d&c afterward confirmed the Down's syndrome results. Our second pregnancy we did the Harmony Test at 10 weeks and it came back with the highest low risk rating you can get. The test was correct as I have my baby boy in my arms right now. I also know someone else who had the test, it came back positive for Down's, and an amnio confirmed the results. As far as I am aware the results are highly accurate as they are testing the chromosomes of the baby that are found in mum's blood. The best thing about it is it's totally risk free to the baby. My OB and my fertility specialist were both highly supportive of the test and it's accuracy. Good luck with whatever you choose to do.oh, and you can find out the sex through this test if you want to


 

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