What Every Woman Needs to Know About Prenatal Testing: Insights from a Mom who has Been There

prenataltestingAdvances in prenatal testing have resulted in more women than ever before being tested for atypical chromosomes and other conditions, sometimes without the women’s full knowledge of the testing process and its implications. In this brief guide, parenting expert Amy Julia Becker walks potential mothers through some questions to ask before they offer their consent for testing:

  • What is prenatal testing? What can it tell me?
  • What information do I want, and why?
  • What would I decide to do if prenatal testing led to a prenatal diagnosis?

Sensible and reassuring, this book should be on the e-nightstand of every woman who is or wishes to become pregnant.

This book should be required reading for Advances in prenatal testing have resulted in more women than ever before being tested for atypical chromosomes and other conditions, sometimes without the women’s full knowledge of the testing process and its implications. In this brief guide, parenting expert Amy Julia Becker walks potential mothers through some questions to ask before they offer their consent for testing:

What is prenatal testing? What can it tell me?
What information do I want, and why?
What would I decide to do if prenatal testing led to a prenatal diagnosis?
Sensible and reassuring, this book should be on the e-nightstand of every woman who is or wishes to become pregnant.
 
This book should be required reading for all prospective parents. Much more than a scholarly report, it provides a clear, nonjudgmental, and up-to-date guide to prenatal testing. The book is born of Amy Julia Becker?s evolving thoughts on the subject after she became the mother of a child with Down syndrome. Her measured presentation of the particulars and ethics of prenatal testing, coupled with her reflections on the unanticipated relational and spiritual gifts of human limitations, make for an engaging and thought-provoking read. Highly recommended.?
– Jennifer Grant, author of Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter and MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family

Prenatal diagnosis is on the threshold of a paradigm shift that will leave invasive tests such as amniocentesis as relics of the past and force each and every mother-to-be, regardless of her age, to ponder the ethical question of the moral status of the embryo implanted in her body. Using that rare ingredient, common sense, and adding her firsthand experience of conceiving and raising a child with Down Syndrome, Amy Julia Becker puts the science and ethics of prenatal diagnosis into a practical and wise narrative that I wish every couple could read before having their blood drawn to determine the karyotype of their offspring.
John M. Thorp, Jr., MD,