What is NIPT?
NIPT is the abbreviation of 'Non-Invasive Prenatal Test'. In this test, the DNA of the unborn child is analyzed by a blood test. This can determine if the baby has Down syndrome, or the less common syndrome of Edwards and Patau. The test does not have an increased risk of miscarriage.
Other tests during pregnancy
Pregnant women have the opportunity to do a so-called combination test in the 11th to 13th week of pregnancy. In addition, a measurement is done through a scan and a blood test. The outcome of this test shows the chance of Down Down Syndrome. On average, the chance is 1 in 200. If the chance is higher, then a positive combination test will be discussed.
Is the NIPT test reimbursed from insurance?
If you are pregnant and it has been found that you are at increased risk of having a child with a severe hereditary condition, you could be reimbursed for the basic test. A requirement to access the NIPT is a demonstrated increased risk of such a condition. An increased risk can be seen from the medical record, or from a combination test of blood tests and scans.
Also see these information articles: · Tests during pregnancy · Amniocentesis · Anemia · Antibodies · Chorionic testing · Combination test · Group B Streptococcus · Hemoglobin · Neural tube defect · Triple test · Umbilical cord