Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS)
MaterniT21, Verifi, Harmony and Panorama represent some of the latest developments in prenatal testing with their use of cell free DNA (cfDNA) analysis. These tests analyze the mother’s blood along with the placental material that has entered the mother’s bloodstream for genetic abnormalities, such as Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) and Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome). While these are the most advanced and accurate non-invasive screenings on the market, there are two very important things to note:
The journey of pregnancy and birth usually begins with a test – the resulting two pink lines, plus sign, or word “pregnant” appear and change your world forever. For many mothers, this is the first of many tests to come throughout pregnancy.
So what should you expect when it comes to prenatal testing and what do those tests mean for you and your baby?
Here, we’ll break down the first round of tests, which most moms receive as part of routine care. Then in part 2, we’ll explain the next round of tests an expectant mother may choose to have if the first round yield a potential concern or if she desires more information because of family medical history, etc.
You have multiple model pelvises (with one that is your "favorite").
On occasion, you've misplaced one and been known to ask around if anyone has seen your pelvis recently (this question is often followed by quizzical looks).
You are always looking for fun, interactive and memorable ways to teach cervical dilation (Fruit visuals? Sure!).
You tell your friends more than they ever wanted to know about birth as soon as they announce their pregnancy.
One of the most exciting parts of the holidays is the anticipation: We look forward to gathering together with family and friends, exchanging gifts, sharing conversations and favorite meals across the table and, of course, sharing joy.
Anticipation is also one of the best parts of preparing for the arrival of one of life’s sweetest gifts, your baby.
2016 has been an eventful year at Plumtree Baby! Take a look at the updates and new resources we created this year!
Brand new Preparing for Birth book
We merged three popular resources into one complete guide for pregnancy, birth, postpartum and newborn care. Our Preparing for Birth book has become a staple in hundreds of childbirth courses taught around the country and beyond! Learn more about this update here.