The MaterniT-21 Plus test is the next scientific step to let couples rule out genetic problems, said Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC News.
“Critics will say, hey look, this is a way to find out early and then abort because we want the perfect baby,” she said.
But it gives couples like the Voslers more time to get ready if their child will have a genetic disorder by lining up specialists or talking to doctors before the birth, Snyderman said.
“In that regard, it allows people to really think, what’s the realistic expectation of this pregnancy and what does my life look like with this new baby?” she said.
Sequenom, the test’s maker, claims an accuracy rate of close to 99 percent. The test costs roughly the same as amniocentesis, about $2,000, and it may be covered by insurance.
Wow! I've never heard of this test before. Anyone planning to have this blood test done during early pregnancy? Has your doctor mentioned it to you?