Prenatal Testing

Prenatal Testing

Harmony is a new non-invasive prenatal test where fetal DNA is extracted from the mother’s blood as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy to test for chromosomal abnormalities.  It is 99% sensitive for detection of combined Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) and Trisomy 18.  Unlike other forms of prenatal testing such as nuchal translucency, chorionic villus sampling, and amniocentesis, this test is not covered by provincial health care plans.

The decision to undergo specific testing would depend on your own individual situation and is best discussed with your family physician, midwife or obstetrician responsible for your prenatal care. Each test has its own unique indication, risks, limitations and optimal timeframe for the test to be conducted.

For further information on the Harmony test, please speak to your RFP physician or refer to the Harmony Prenatal Test website.