Planning and Preparing for a Baby
Planning a family can be accompanied by feelings of hope and possibility, but health concerns can add unnecessary worries to an otherwise exciting time. Vantari testing can help you overcome uncertainty and prepare you for parenthood. Find out more about your health, that of your partner and the health of your baby.
Test Sooner, Test Safer
Advances in technology mean testing during pregnancy can be performed sooner than ever before, without invasive procedures that risk the health of mother and child. Testing can also determine whether you or your partner are predisposed to genetic conditions that can be passed on to your little ones.
Providing Peace of Mind
When it comes to your family, there’s nothing more valuable than peace of mind. Testing can offer important insights whether you’re thinking about having children or you already have one on the way. Becoming a parent is arguably one of life’s biggest decisions. Testing can help you gather information to make the best choices for you and your family.
Testing can be beneficial whether you’re considering starting a family — someday — or you’re already expecting.
Before You Conceive
Cystic Fibrosis Testing
Before you begin planning a family or during your pregnancy, genetic testing allows you and your partner to make informed decisions. Testing can reveal genetic mutations that cause Cystic Fibrosis. With Cystic Fibrosis, both parents must carry a copy of the abnormal gene in order for the condition to occur in the child. If both parents are carriers, the child has a 25% chance of having Cystic Fibrosis. With support from our Genetic Counselors, this information can help you plan and prepare for pregnancy.
- Sample type Simple blood draw
- Results within 7 days
Once You’re Expecting
Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing
Test safer, test sooner. Screenings conducted through a quick blood draw from the mother’s arm impose zero risk to pregnancy. Testing for Down’s Syndrome and other potential chromosomal abnormalities can take place at 10 weeks gestational age. With non-invasive prenatal testing, you no longer have to weigh the risks between an invasive procedure and knowing more about your baby’s health.
- Sample type Simple blood draw
- Results within 5 days
Before Your Delivery
Maternal Health Screen
Find out before delivery whether you may be at risk for a blood clotting disorder. Testing can show variations in Factor II, Factor V and MTHFR genes, which affect your blood clotting risk. Problems with blood clotting are one of the leading causes of pregnancy loss and complications. Simple changes in diet such as increasing folic acid intake may increase MTHFR functionality.
- Sample type Simple cheek swab
- Results within 3 days
Common Reasons for Testing
Testing can be beneficial whether you’re in good health and preparing for a little one on the way or you have a personal or family history of genetic conditions. It’s more than a test – it’s peace of mind. Testing may be right for you if:
Personal or Family HistoryDo you have a personal or family history of conditions such as cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy or Fragile X? Testing, in conjunction with genetic counseling, can help you evaluate the risk of passing on chromosomal abnormalities. If you and your partner are both carriers of a specific genetic variation, your children have a 1 in 4 chance of inheriting the condition.
Advanced Maternal AgeThis is defined as 35 years or older; or carrying twins and 32 years or older. Mothers in these age ranges are at increased risk for pregnancies with Down’s Syndrome.
Abnormal Ultrasound ResultsCertain ultrasound markers can suggest the presence of chromosomal abnormalities. Follow up by choosing Vantari non-invasive prenatal testing and avoid amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling.
Peace of MindInformation gained from testing can alleviate unnecessary fears or help you prepare for the times ahead.
How Testing Works
1 – Begin the Process
Like any diagnostic screening, genetic and prenatal testing must be authorized by a doctor. If your doctor doesn’t currently offer testing, Vantari will contact your doctor on your behalf or help you find a doctor who performs testing.
2 – Collect DNA Sample
Collecting a DNA sample for testing requires a simple blood draw or cheek swab, depending on the test to be performed. The sample is then sent to the lab for testing.
3 – Analyze Results
Our federally-certified lab extracts information about your DNA. Results are typically sent to your doctor within five to seven business days.
4 – Plan and Prepare
Many test results confirm a healthy pregnancy and a low risk for inherited genetic conditions. Other results may prompt patients to meet with a genetic counselor or initiate watchful waiting soon after birth. Early detection and treatment are key to positive health outcomes.
Testing and Insurance
Medically necessary genetic testing is commonly covered by Medicare and most major insurers. Further questions? Please contact a customer service specialist at 1.844.VANTARI or 1.844.826.8274
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Please contact a customer service specialist at 1.844.VANTARI or 1.844.826.8274.