What is NIPT?
NIPT (Non Invasive Prenatal Test) is a new test which analyses fetal DNA in maternal blood to check for Down-, Edwards- and Patausyndrome. NIPT is currently offered in the Netherlands within the TRIDENT study.
More information about NIPT?
Information about prenatal screening for Downs-, Edwards- and Pataus syndrome, which includes information about NIPT, can be found on www.onderzoekvanmijnongeborenkind.nl. This site is in dutch but you can download an english, and many other languages, version of the information booklet on this site.
First appointment with your midwife or obstetrician
At your first visit with your midwife she will ask you whether you want information about the screening for Downs-, Edwards- and Pataus syndrome. If you do not want this information it means that you choose not to test your child for the mentioned syndromes.
If you want more information you will get a seperate consultation to talk about this screening. After asking all the questions you have and having heard the different aspects of the screening process you will decide whether to have the screening performed or not.
NIPT at Echo Amsterdam
The blood analysis for NIPT can be performed from the 11th week of pregnancy at the SHO laboratory. NIPT must have been paid before the drawing of your blood. Also your due date has to have been determined by a due date scan at at least 10+1 weeks of pregnancy. The result of your NIPT will be discussed with you by your midwife or obstetrician.
SHO opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday evening 4 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
How can you pay for NIPT?
The payment for NIPT has to be done online at www.niptbetalen.nl. This site also contains information frequently asked questions about the payment.
If you have an elevated chance for a baby with Downs-, Edwards- and Pataus syndrome you can have NIPT, in the TRIDENT-1 study, covered by your health insurance. This may be part of the excess of your insurance though.