This calculates the individual probability that your child has a genetic disease like Downs Syndrome. The test consists of a nuchal scan of the child using ultrasound, a hormone analysis of the mother’s blood, and maternal factors such as the age of the mother. On the basis of these tests, diagnosis of a child with Downs Syndrome can be 96% accurate.
A risk assessment for pre-eclampsia (= colloquial for toxaemia of pregnancy), which consists of a Doppler ultrasound examination of the arteries of the womb, a hormone analysis of the mother’s blood, and blood pressure measurements. If there is a high risk you will be prescribed Thrombo ASS, a medicine to promote blood circulation in the womb.
An accurate ultrasound examination can diagnose organic deformities in your child. Your child is scanned “from head to toe”, and many illnesses can be diagnosed by thihs, but even more can be excluded. Sometimes if your child has abnormalities, further examinations can be arranged, for example an examination with a heart specialist if there are abnormal test results relating to the heart.
By measuring your child’s vascular resistance and resistance in the umbilical cord, your child’s supply in the womb can be deduced. If the results are abnormal there can if necessary be an early delivery, in order to avoid risks to your child.
By using a special ultrasonic probe, a computer can generate a “photo” or a “video” of your child. The quality of this picture depends a lot on the position of your child, and the level of amniotic fluid in the womb. So luck is the most important parameter for baby watching.
NIPT (genetic testing of the mother’s blood)
The latest scientific knowledge has shown that cells and therefore genetic information on the child is contained in the mother’s blood. After taking a sample of the mother’s blood, the child’s cells are filtered out in a special laboratory, in order to identify genetic diseases such as Downs Syndrome. Results for testing for Downs Syndrome are 99% accurate.