What is non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) and why is it important?
Liza Kunz, MD
29 August 2019
Maternal Fetal Medicine Physician, Medical Director Roche Sequencing Solutions
Pregnancy is a very exciting time in your life. You want everything to go well with the baby and the pregnancy. It’s normal that you have some anxiety about your baby’s well being and a lot of questions in your mind. Some of the questions my patients regularly ask me are:
What are the chances that my baby has a genetic condition like Down syndrome?
Do I need a prenatal screening test? When do I need to talk to my doctor about it?
What is the difference between a screening and a diagnostic test?
What is NIPT? How accurate is it? What can it tell me?
What’s the difference between traditional prenatal screening tests and NIPT?
What is the likelihood of getting false positive results from traditional screening tests versus NIPT?
How do I choose an NIPT? What should I look for?
Having some background information about these topics may help you better prepare for your next prenatal visit. As I have been answering these questions for several years, I’ve prepared a video that I hope will help you better understand the testing choices you have for your pregnancy.