What is NiPT / NICC?
NIPT is a screening test, it is a simple blood test that analyzes fetal DNA in the mother's bloodstream. It can detect chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus with high accuracy and without the need for invasive procedures such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS). NIPT can be performed as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy and can provide results within 2 weeks.
Here are some key points to keep in mind when discussing NIPT with your clients:
High accuracy: NIPT has been shown to have a high accuracy rate in detecting common chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome, and Patau syndrome. It can also provide information about microdeletion of a baby's gene. This can provide valuable information to expectant parents, helping them make informed decisions about their pregnancy or prepare for support after delivery.
Non-invasive: NIPT is a non-invasive procedure, which means there is no risk of harm to the fetus or the mother. Unlike invasive procedures like amniocentesis or CVS, which carry a small risk of infection and miscarriage.
Early detection: NIPT can be performed as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy, which means that expectant parents can receive important information about their baby's health much earlier in the pregnancy than with traditional screening methods. This provides time and chances for couples to make hard decisions when still early in the pregnancy and complications to women can be minimized to the lowest.
Peace of mind: NIPT can provide expectant parents with peace of mind, knowing that their baby is developing normally and that any potential health concerns have been identified early on. Preparation to welcome a baby can be done much earlier and can reduce a lot of stress when the baby finally arrives.
Options for follow-up testing: If the results of NIPT indicate a higher likelihood of a chromosomal abnormality, further testing may be recommended to confirm the diagnosis. This can include invasive procedures such as amniocentesis or CVS, or non-invasive methods such as ultrasound and additional blood tests.
In summary, NIPT is a valuable tool for expectant parents and healthcare providers alike, everyone should consider doing this. By having accurate and non-invasive prenatal screening NiPT test, it can help identify potential health concerns early on and empower expectant parents with knowledge and help they need.
16 May 2023