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Old Feb 13th, 2013, 20:37 PM   1
1ExcitedPoppa
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Is this typical?


Hello everyone. Long-time lurker first time poster.

My fiancee recently went in for her monthly visit to the OB/GYN. She hit 4 months this past weekend and went in to hear the heartbeat (the second time; still kicking myself for not going to this appt as well) as well as the standard blood work to check for this and that.

Well the visit before (the one I attended) we asked about amniocentesis and what the test is for and if it's mandatory. The doctor told us that it isn't a typical test unless they have reason to believe it should be done.

Now fast-forward to this appointment and a diff. doctor tells her if she's not willing to have the amniocentesis done then she shouldn't even bother with the blood work.

Does that sound right to you ladies? I mean we (like how I said we? lol) aren't high-risk or anything. No history of birth defects in our immediate family...but still. Why not test her blood as well just because we don't want any invasive testing done?

Are we over-reacting or should we raise an issue?

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Old Feb 13th, 2013, 21:02 PM   2
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Definitely raise an issue! I've had a blood panel done twice this pregnancy to check my red/white blood cell count and some other things. (I think to check for anemia) We declined all disorder testing and the OB was perfectly fine with it. Can you see another OB besides her?



 
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Old Feb 13th, 2013, 21:48 PM   3
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Definitely raise an issue! I've had a blood panel done twice this pregnancy to check my red/white blood cell count and some other things. (I think to check for anemia) We declined all disorder testing and the OB was perfectly fine with it. Can you see another OB besides her?
We are transferring to a different clinic for her 20 week ultrasound and if we like it there more we plan on not going back.



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Old Feb 13th, 2013, 21:52 PM   4
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I was offered the blood work in my first pregnancy whether or not I would investigate further (amnio/ CVS). They said it was up to me, but to take into consideration what I would do with the info. I opted not to get it done because of cost and I wouldn't get the further testing, but they never said they wouldn't do it. (They did offer some at 6 weeks which I declined this pregnancy. They never wanted to take blood for the NT, but I think it may not be valid for twins.)



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 03:17 AM   5
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Hi,
The blood work should be the pre-cursor to the amnio.

The blood work is obviously less risky and can give you a really good indication of whether you need the amnio for further investigation.

I would definitely raise it as an issue becuase while you wouldn't jump straight to an amnio you need the blood results to make the decision afterwards.

Good Luck!



 
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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 03:59 AM   6
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hi i wouldn't be happy with that, we are offered blood screening if low risk then thats the end of it if high risk you have the option of things such as amnio but its not recommended unless necessary x



 
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