What is NIPT and Why Is Everyone Talking About It: Mythbusting Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

In January of this year, the National Screening Committee recommended a period of review to assess whether non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for Down’s Syndrome and other serious genetic diseases be offered to all high risk women on the NHS. This recommendation has sparked widespread debate. Naturally, with any new tests, there can be confusion.

Lately, people have been asking me a lot of questions about what this recommendation means for them. Here, I want to help to answer those questions and talk you through the facts about NIPT. At my clinic, the test we offer is called the IONA® test as we believe it is a highly effective screening test and is the first to be CE marked for quality. Mums-to-be should speak to their midwife and obstetricians about the options available to…

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