Amniocentesis is a test that may be recommended by an OB/GYN following an abnormal test, genetic concerns, and/or age of the mother (35 or older). An amnio can detect chromosome abnormalities, neural tube defects, and genetic disorders. It also can be done to test lung development and provides access to DNA for sampling.
There are risks involved and according to American Pregnancy, the chance of miscarriage is 1 in 400 for facilities that are highly skilled in this procedure, to 1 in 200 for others.
Some women choose not to test, but others want to know particularly if they are at-risk. And a compelling reason to test is so the mom can arm herself with knowledge to better prepare herself if in fact her child is born with special needs. As one mom said in a thread I was reading on CafeMom: Knowledge is power.
Browsing through many responses, I found the following points from moms who choose to get an amnio so they can be more informed and empowered when the child is born:
- A negative test can ease worries; a positive test gives a parent more time to prepare.
- Sometimes an amnio can reveal something that can allow a doctor to intervene and work to amend.
- Counseling and support groups could help parents work out their feelings and emotions to prepare for a child born with Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21, spina bifida, or cystic fibrosis.
- Knowing your child is at-risk for one of the above can help parents research and work out lifestyle changes, so they can provide the best for the baby once she is born.
- If armed with this knowledge, parents can find the best doctors, so their child can get specialized care right away.
Did you or will you get an amnio?