This procedure takes a sample of the amniotic fluid with a needle. The fluid contains some cells from the baby that are floating in the fluid and these are sent off for testing. The needle does not touch the baby.
The sample will be sent by courier and usually is delivered the same day as the procedure. If you wish the rapid FISH test there will be an additional cost from the pathologist. The final results take around 2 weeks.
There is a small chance the sample may not contain enough of the baby's cells and the test may need to be repeated. This is rare.
This procedure can be done between 15 -18 weeks and has a 1 in 200 chance of miscarriage. You will be counselled by our Doctor before you have the test in order to make sure you understand the risks.
The number and type of chromosomes present.
Any chromosomal abnormalities such as Down's syndrome
The sex of the baby
This test cannot find all genetic conditions only major chromosomal abnormalities.
What information will this test provide for me?