In this confession I’m going to address prenatal testing with one caveat — this post is NOT, I repeat NOT, meant to stir up personal and political opinions related to pro-life/pro-choice issues. If anyone comments as such, your remarks will be deleted. Here goes.
When I was around 20 weeks pregnant with Everett we received this ultrasound photo and we were told we’d be having a baby boy. Around this time, we also received the news that the prenatal testing we had opted to do, came back “negative” for Trisomy 21. We decided to do this early testing because we wanted to be prepared should our child have a genetic anomaly. We were never given this opportunity, which to this day, I have mixed feelings about. And I’ll have to confess…after Everett was born and diagnosed, I was very, very angry about the inaccurate results we received. So I began doing research on these tests. Lots and lots of research. And here is what I found: 1). 70 – 90% of expecting parents choose to terminate their pregnancies when receiving a diagnosis of Down syndrome for their unborn child. 2). Although these prenatal tests are marketed for their precision, they are actually not that great at accurately detecting genetic anomalies. [Read more…] about Confessions of a Rockin Mom #21: Fear of early genetic testing