Accredited and Non-Accredited Facilities (New Prenatal Diagnosis, Hospitals, Facilities)
This article is about accredited and non-accredited facilities (new prenatal diagnosis, hospitals, facilities).
NIPT is a test for three types of chromosomal abnormalities in the mother's blood: Down syndrome (21 trisomies), Edwards syndrome (18 trisomies), and Patou syndrome (13 trisomies).
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What is the NIPT (new prenatal diagnosis) test?
NIPT (new prenatal diagnosis), which can be performed using only maternal blood.
The test is performed on the mother's blood for three types of chromosomal abnormalities: Down syndrome (21 trisomies), Edwards syndrome (18 trisomies), and Pato syndrome (13 trisomies).
NIPT testing and the 35 year old barrier at obstetrics and gynecology hospitals
The NIPT test is one of the most popular tests today due to the aging of the childbearing population. Although the need for NIPT has been increasing with the times, the Japanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (JSOG) has set conditions such as limiting examinees to 35 years of age or older, and only accredited facilities are currently allowed to perform the test, as some test results may lead to abortion.
Therefore, pregnant women under 35 years of age who wish to undergo NIPT should use a clinic that is not accredited by the Japanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The fact that they are not accredited does not mean that they are illegal or suspicious. It just means that they are not a member of the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Difference between accredited and unaccredited facilities (hospitals) where new prenatal diagnosis can be performed
So what is the difference between accredited and non-accredited facilities? The biggest difference is the age limit mentioned earlier. Non-accredited facilities do not have an age limit, such as 35 or older.
In addition, unlicensed facilities tend to be slightly cheaper in terms of cost. In addition, unlicensed facilities do not require a letter of referral, so pregnant women can easily choose a facility, make an appointment, and undergo testing on their own.
NIPT test results and genetic counselor
While this may seem like a very good thing for a non-accredited facility, it also requires some caution. In the case of non-accredited facilities, it is necessary to confirm that the facility offers counseling by a genetic counselor.
In the unlikely event of a positive test result, a genetic counselor will provide counseling and psychological support on what to do in the future. Counseling by a genetic counselor is very important.
Make the best decision for yourself, even in the event of an unwanted outcome. To choose a future that you will not regret, gather information and carefully assess your options when choosing a facility.