What is NIPT?
NIPT (Non Invasive Prenatal Testing) is a blood test that analyses a small amount of baby’s DNA which is found in the mother’s blood. It can give a strong indication if the baby has Down’s syndrome. There are different laboratories which currently deliver NIPT such as Harmony, Panorama and others.
How accurate is NIPT?
The NIPT test will detect more than 99% of babies with Down’s syndrome.
What does it involve?
If you opt to have NIPT we will perform a detailed nuchal scan and then we will obtain the NIPT blood sample and send it to a laboratory for analysis. The result will take around 10 working days and will be sent to you. If you receive a high risk result then it is probable that the baby has Down’s syndrome, but it is not certain. You would still need to have a diagnostic test (CVS or amniocentesis) in order to know for sure.