The PrenatalSAFE 3 NIPT blood test will assess the sample to identify the number of copies for chromosomes 13, 18 and 21 (aneuploidies). This detects whether the baby, or babies, have the genetic conditions Down Syndrome, Edwards Syndrome or Patau Syndrome. It can also tell you the gender of your baby or babies (identical twins and single babies only).
If you receive a high risk result, you will be offered support from a professional Genetic Counsellor at no extra cost. Unlike other providers, our genetic counselling service is included in the price of the test.
This is the basic NIPT test that is equivalent to the current NHS offering for high risk patients.
Analysed in a leading UK laboratory, the test is suitable for all pregnant women from 10 weeks of pregnancy onwards, with single or multiple foetuses and conceived naturally or using IVF/Donor Eggs. You do not have to be considered high risk, and can be of any age to take this test.
Based on an internal study from Eurofins Genoma, the test is highly accurate, with positive predictive values (the likelihood of the result being correct and not a false-positive) of:
- Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) – 99.32%
- Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome) – 98.94%
- Trisomy 13 (Patau Syndrome) – 82.22%
Unlike an invasive test such as an Amniocentesis, this simple blood test does not pose any risks to a pregnant woman or her unborn child. It is the safest way to detect genetic health conditions before birth.
When will I get the results?
The results will be sent to you directly in 5-7 days after your blood test appointment. The results report will clearly state whether the conditions have been detected so you can take this information to your GP for further discussion and investigation if needed.
Free post-test genetic counselling is provided for any results which show a positive chance of a condition affecting your baby or babies.
To qualify for this test you must:
- be at least 10 weeks pregnant
- have completed your first scan (private or NHS)
- complete the pre-consultation with Goodbody before the date of the blood draw appointment