Age at Interview:
Children: 1 (age 17 months), Marital status: Married.
Brief outline:Two normal pregnancies. Nuchal scan not available locally, so had blood screening. Unable to have 20-week scan in first pregnancy because of staff shortages.
The blood test was, the option was a double test for Down's syndrome risk and spina bifida, and it was explained to me that the results would be presented in the shape of a ratio for Down's syndrome and just in a pure sort of high or low, or normal or high outcome for spina bifida. That's what my understanding was.
So they didn't give you a 1 in 389 kind of ratio?
Not for the spina bifida. The ratio, I was expecting a ratio for Down's syndrome, yeah. And I think she explained quite carefully that I would get a letter telling me whether the result, what the outline result was and I could then phone up to find the specific ratio on the Down's syndrome but that it wouldn't be in the letter itself.
And that if there was any, I remember her saying, “We'll come knocking at your door if there's any cause for concern”. And I found that quite surprising. She meant they would physically come round and contact me in person face to face if there was any very high risk shown.
Because I found that quite an interesting way of midwives spending their time chasing round trying to find a woman who in my case, you know, might be at the other end of the country with work.
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