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Skip the screen?

Posted by on Mar. 5, 2008 at 6:34 PM
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With my last pregnancy I started out with an OB and then switched to midwives at around 28 weeks.
This time I am starting out with the midwives.
Last time I had a quad-screen done. It came back all negative but the OB still scheduled me for a couple of Level II ultrasounds.
I figured this time around if the blood test comes back all negative I won't even consider the ultrasounds.
I had my first midwife appointment today for this pregnancy (and heard the heartbeat! Yay. :) ) and their blood test doesn't include a triple or quadscreen.
So if nothing suspicious comes up I would not get a ultrasound or screen.
What's the general consensus on this.
We loved our homebirth  last time and am looking forward to the next one.
I really do want to avoid unnecessary ultrasounds.
But I would be okay with non-invasive things like a blood test.
It's not like I would end the pregnancy if my child had Downs etc. but I think it would give us an opportunity to prepare, etc if we knew ahead of time.

What's teh general consensus on this?

 

by on Mar. 5, 2008 at 6:34 PM
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by on Mar. 7, 2008 at 1:39 PM
Well, it sounds like they are giving the option to you which is very good, so that you don't feel pressured. I would say do your research, if you think you would feel better having it done, look into the risks of the procedure, and then consider it. But if you aren't that worried and don't think it would affect your plans that much, then I wouldn't bother, but that's just me. I never had an ultrasound with mine, although I would have if something else showed up abnormal, but everything turned out just fine.

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