I am pregnant, should I be worried if I never received a test for down syndrome for my baby?
I am 26 weeks pregnant and just switched to a really good OB GYN through Medicaid. I have been to see 3 OB's and 1st one I saw was when I found out I was pregnant. 2nd was a different doctor who/ since I was not covered by my job for benefits, would accept patients who paid out of pocket, which is extremely expensive. 3rd doctor was a practitioner who works for Parkland Medical Center which is a County hospital. I was put on medicaid and decided after I was accepted to go look for another OB. For the County Hospital was not where I want to have my baby, plus I live far from where Parkland Med is actually located. Long story short, I had a Sonogram through Parkland Medical Center and the baby measured out just fine. Everything showed to be in order and a healthy baby was what I was told... I then preceded to ask about having the DOWN SYNDROME test I had read up upon and asked if I could get one to make sure my baby is most definitely OKAY. The doctor told me that it was a low percent that I would have a baby with such defects and brushed it off. Well! I finally found a trusted OB and in my first visit with her she asked me several questions which is only normal for a first visit w a OB, and last question asked was if my baby had been tested for down syndrome. I told her I wasn't sure and she said, If I had been given one, I would have been asked before hand and then the procedure would have taken place. I then remembered when I HAD actually inquired about the test and told my new OB that they told me it was basically not a big deal. My OB seemed a bit concerned which automatically made me concerned and start to stress out. She said that I should have been given test and now it is too late in my pregnancy for me to have the test!!!!!! YIKES! I am asking for advise on what you all think about this failure to receive this test... Should I be worried? cause i am... No one on my side of the family have ever had down syndrome and the same for my husbands side of the family. We have traced our family histories back quite far... So please HELP! Okay, I would not give up my baby no matter what the defects, however please realize this is for any PARENT a worry. Down Syndrome babies have to have special care AND if I was to have a baby born w Down Syndrome I would most DEFINITELY want to prepare for it. Okay? So NO this question is about my concern and should NOT be confused with whether or not I am giving my baby up for adoption if so. Period. OOPS Karthik, I meant to give you a good rating, so so sorry!
Asked By: Rissa - 7/15/2012
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Test is dependent on you first of all. Consulting 3 - 4 OB GYN's in the first place is a big confusion as ways of treatments differes. Fewer Docs rely on test results and fewer with experience. Watever it is.. you are half way done. Enjoy the rest and deliver a beautiful baby. Leave the rest to god. Who knows.. you... More
Answered By: karthik - 7/15/2012
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The chances are very low and would it really matter if you knew now as opposed to when your baby is born? Unless you are planning to give your baby up for adoption if it has downs syndrome then you can just wait and see when your baby is born.
Answered By: Brooke - 7/15/2012
I opted not to have the test. There is not much they can do to stop down syndrome from happening. They like to offer it in early pregnancy so that mothers can decide if they would like to keep the baby or not. Some women get it so they can be prepared to have a special needs child. I believe that whether my child is... More
Answered By: Jax - 7/15/2012
The test is just a small blood test that gives you a risk factor, it doesnt actually tell you wether your baby has downs syndrome or not they basically take a few factors into consideration eg wether you smoke or not and then with the blood test tell you wether you are low risk or high risk of having it. If you are... More
Answered By: Francesca - 7/16/2012
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