The Amniocentesis Report

A Decision Guide for Expectant Parents and Health Care Professionals

Comprehensive, accurate, and easy to read.
Costs and benefits of amniocentesis.
Frequently reported risks inaccurate & misleading.
35+ cut-off age makes no sense
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Only parents should make the decision
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Starting January 2007, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is recommending, for the first time, that all pregnant women, regardless of age, should be screened for fetal abnormalities, most notably Down Syndrome. They go even further, stating that "all women, regardless of age should have the option of invasive testing". This is a major change in policy, following more than two decades where the maternal age of 35 years was used as the cut-off age for recommending pre-natal screening or diagnostic testing such as amniocentesis.

Our Report has not incorporated these recent changes yet, but we are proud of the fact that the medical profession is recognizing, at last, what our report has always recommended.

You should be aware that a recommendation to "have the option" is NOT a recommendation to undergo a procedure. The final decision should always be made by the expectant parents. We hope that our report will help you in making the decision that is best for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 




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