The Amniocentesis Report
Guide for Expectant Parents and Health Care Professionals
accurate, and easy to read. Costs
and benefits of amniocentesis.
inaccurate & misleading..
age makes no sense
parents should make the decision
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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.