Mums-to-be can now have their unborn babies screened for Down’s Syndrome earlier than ever before thanks to a new test.
The Harmony Non-Invasive Prenatal Test – which is offered to patients privately here in the North East – also screens for genetic conditions to give parents-to-be the extra reassurance of a normal pregnancy weeks before NHS tests are carried out.
Sadly the new screening is not yet available on the NHS, meaning anyone who wants that extra peace of mind needs to fork out a whopping £450. Although if you’re an older mum who is anxious about your baby having a chromosomal abnormality such as Downs, Edwards or Patau’s syndrome, it is certainly worth thinking about.
While I fell into the high-risk category because of my age, I wasn’t informed of this test until after I’d passed 20 weeks’ pregnant by which point it was too late. I would have most definitely taken it for the additional peace of mind if it had been available to me.