Re: May 2013 pregnancy
posted at 5/7/2013 1:58 PM EDT
Wow - lots to catch up on around here! All such wonderful news!
Trouble - congrats on your pregnancy!
Med - congrats on the arrival of your new son. I know it was nerve wracking with all of the worry that you went through earlier in the pregnancy. I'm so relieved to hear that everyone is happy and healthy!
Chicllet - congrats on the arrival of your new son. It is never the way we plan - but taking home a perfect little baby at the end is all that matters!
IPW - glad that things are going along well in your 11th week. I will comment on the MaterniT21 test below.
WPP - good luck checking out the birth center
SSBride - hang in there! If I go full term - our kids may have the same birthday. This baby is due 6/26!
AFM - 33 weeks tomorrow. Holy moly! This is an ominous milestone for us - DD was born at 33 weeks exactly. I'm holding my breath and hoping that this baby makes it a LOT farther along this time. Had a terrible weekend with DD (2 yrs 10 mo) having an awful stomach bug all weekend. 72 hours of total misery for her, poor thing. And I realized that taking care of a sick toddler while 32+ weeks pregnant is no small physical feat. I'm exhausted! And I'm not even the one who was sick.
A few have mentioned the MaterniT21 test. I had that test at 12 weeks with this pregnancy. From what I learned at the genetic counselor at BWH, there are basically 2 labs that offer this test - Sequenom and Verinata. The hospital will draw the blood sample and then it gets shipped out to the lab. I actually had the Verinata "verifi" test (Sequenom is the lab that branded the "MaterniT21"). Both tests are basically the same, the "verifi" just happened to have a little more detail associated with it. Due to my age (over 35) and DD1's history of prematurity and some birth defects (heart and kidney), we felt that this was worth it and went ahead with the test. I'm in the camp of more knowledge is better and lets us be better prepared - so that is why we did it. My insurance ended up denying any payment (Blue Cross) even given all my qualifiers. Luckily, we only ended up paying $200 because Verinata is offering that as their max rate if insurance does not pay. I think the logic with these labs is that the testing is still so new, they are trying to get as many people to participate as possible as it only helps their cause for the future and being accepted and validated by the insurance and medical communities at large. I'm sure the genetic counselor at your doctor or hospital would be able to shed more light on this - but this is what the gc at the Brigham told us would probably happen in terms of billing/payment and that is what ended up happening. Long story short - it was a HUGE relief for us to find out at 13 weeks (takes about 7-10 days to get results back) to find out that there were no genetic abnormalities with this baby - and also that we were having another girl! Also it was reassuring to know that this test is about 99.9% accurate - more accurate than any other prenatal screening (first-look screening, etc). My doctor said eventually this will be the widely accepted test and all the other invasive testing (amnio, etc) will become much less common.