What is NIPT? 

NIPT (Non Invasive Prenatal Testing) is a blood test which analyses a small amount of baby’s DNA 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 perform 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 scan first and then we will obtain the NIPT blood sample and send it to the 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.

Can I have NIPT without the scan?

We always recommend a detailed fetal scan before taking the NIPT blood sample. The scan is required in order to confirm that NIPT is the most appropriate test for your pregnancy. In some instances - especially if a problem in the fetus is suspected - a different test such as a CVS or amniocentesis may be recommended.