Non-invasive pregnancy diagnostics (NIPD)
is a new type of genetic test that screens for birth defects and inherited diseases. Up until now, the only way to check your baby’s DNA was to take a direct sample of your baby’s amniotic fluid, blood or placental tissue. You would need amniocentesis or CVS (Chorionic Villus Sampling). Both have a small risk of causing miscarriage or complications. NIPD takes a different approach. It tests the small amount of your baby’s DNA that’s naturally found in maternal blood. NIPD can check for birth defects such as Down syndrome, trisomy 14 and 18, as well as inherited diseases such as cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, and other conditions. It can also show whether your baby is a boy or a girl. NIPD is highly accurate and spares women from invasive procedure (such as amniocentesis or CVS).