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March 17th, 2009, 12:44 PM
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I got a brochure from my doctor about screening for birth defects.. i haven't really looked into that much but we won't be screening the baby. we would never abort, so knowing if the baby has/could have a defect would not make a difference or benefit us any.

Just wondering if anyone else has thought about it?
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March 17th, 2009, 12:46 PM
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We will but only as a precautionary measure. We wouldn't abort but we want to be prepared in the event there was a birth defect. I am the type that likes to be prepared for things ahead of time so I would do a ton of research if a birth defect was detected. I would want to prepare ourselves for the challenges.
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March 17th, 2009, 02:19 PM
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We probably will get the screenings but we would never abort. I am under 35 but will be 31 this year and my dh is 39 so for us it's more of a wanting to be prepared thing if there is something.
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March 17th, 2009, 03:19 PM
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We will but only as a precautionary measure. We wouldn't abort but we want to be prepared in the event there was a birth defect. I am the type that likes to be prepared for things ahead of time so I would do a ton of research if a birth defect was detected. I would want to prepare ourselves for the challenges.
I am the same way and the baby wouldn't cooperate today but hopefully next week it will, if not I will have the maternal blood work done.
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March 17th, 2009, 04:27 PM
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We are not getting any of the extensive testing done that they offer. We'll get the regular standard tests done down the road, but it won't make a difference, we would never abort either.
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March 17th, 2009, 04:29 PM
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I think it's more about learning more about whatever the case may be and emotionally preparing yourself for whatever, for most people. We will be getting it done.
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March 17th, 2009, 05:00 PM
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We're not getting the 12 week screen done. The rate of false positives is far too high and at that stage baby isn't big enough for us to see what we want to see. I *think* however our anomaly scan will be done early as we also need to fit in a foetal echo at some stage too.
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March 17th, 2009, 06:19 PM
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We didn't have it done with DS and we won't be getting it done this time either. Those tests have ridiculously high false positive rates that end up making you worry for nothing.
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March 18th, 2009, 04:13 AM
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I got the paper work for it last week, no the week before. I opted to not.
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