Prenatal tests – you decide!
You are going to be parents. A time of heightened emotion lies ahead and, with it, many new questions and topics. A topic which doesn’t often emerge early on without prompting is prenatal screening and testing.
They include regular monitoring of blood pressure, urine status and body weight, as well as ultrasound scans and a range of blood tests. All these examinations can help predict pregnancy complications and potential chromosomal abnormalities or anomalies of the child. Many of these routine screenings have now become standard procedures to an extent that they are no longer even being discussed. However, expert support of parents-to-be should be based on empathy, non-directive information, advice and time – a precious commodity today.
While screening for chromosomal abnormalities such as Trisomy 21 has been a significant part of prenatal diagnostics for decades, the screening concept itself has evolved considerably over the past few years. Non-invasive tests in particular have become much more effective, but also more complex and more difficult to explain and, therefore, more difficult to understand.
We, the insieme parents’ association, care deeply about informing parents-to-be without pressuring them into deciding in favour or against prenatal testing, or in favour or against having a child with an impairment. This brochure is intended to highlight that you have the right to make an informed decision. We would like to provide contacts and links where you can obtain further information and advice, and give you the opportunity to consider the implications of prenatal testing early on in the process of becoming a parent.