What can be done if a birth defect or genetic condition is discovered?
It is a shock to learn that your developing baby has a problem. You will need information about the specific condition and any treatment that may be available. There are two primary options to consider: you may begin to plan for the birth of a baby who may need special care after birth or you may choose to end the pregnancy. Remember that it is more likely that your baby does not have Down syndrome, Trisomy 18 or an open neural tube defect, even if your Integrated Screening result is screen-positive. However, if your baby is found to have a problem, a physician, nurse, and/or genetic counselor will be able to discuss the specific condition and all of your options with you at the time the diagnosis is made.