The decision to have a test for birth defects
is personal. You have to think about your age, your chance of passing on a family disease, your need to know about any problems, and what you might do after you
have the test results. Your spiritual beliefs and other values also may play a
role in your decision.
Some birth defects—such as a
cleft lip or
cleft palate or certain heart problems—can be fixed
with surgery after birth and sometimes even with surgery during pregnancy. Some
other defects cannot be fixed.
Reasons to have tests
You may decide to have the tests
You would think about whether to continue the
pregnancy if there is a birth defect.
Tests can be expensive. You may not have insurance, or your
insurance may not pay for the tests.
Pregnancy: Should I Have Screening Tests for Birth Defects?
Pregnancy: Should I Have an Early Fetal Ultrasound?
Pregnancy: Should I Have CVS (Chorionic Villus Sampling)?
Pregnancy: Should I Have Amniocentesis?
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May 10, 2013
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