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Most child’s are born healthy. However it is possible in the Netherlands to have you unborn baby tested for a number of congenital disorders. This involves the two screening. Both the screenings optional to choose.

1. The screening for Down, Edwards and Patau syndromes
People with Down syndrome have an intellectual disability and their level of development cannot be predicted. Children with Edward & Patau syndrome generally die before or during birth or rarely live past the age of one. You can get this tested by opting one of the two tests as below :

Combined Test
The combined test consists of blood test of pregnant woman between 9 to 14 weeks and an ultrasound measuring the nuchal fold of the child. between 11 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. This test cannot provide any certainity. This test will show the risk of the syndrome. If there is an increased risk, you may also chose to have follow up testing done such as a screening with NIPT test or an option of additional ultrasound check.
If you are living close to Amstelveen, this test can be performed within Amstelland hospital.
The cost of the test is around Eur 177. If there are twins, the cost is double. Basic health insurance does not cover the costs of the test.

NIPT Test (Non-Invasive Prenatal Test)
This is a new test and it tests the blood of pregnant woman from 11 week. The placental DNA will be checked. This DNA is similar to the DNA of the child. Other chromosomal abnormalities can also be determined using this test, these are usually additional findings. You can decide whether you want to be informed of additional findings or not.
If you are living close to Amstelveen, this test can be performed within Amstelland hospital.The cost of the test is around Eur 175. If there are twins, the costs is double. Basic health insurance does not cover the costs of the test.

2. The screening for fetal anomaly
This is a 20 week ultrasound scan.The scan looks at the head, heart, spine, abdominal cavity, arms and legs. The ultrasound checks the overall growth of the baby, the location of placenta and if there is enough amniotic fluid.
It is not possible to see all the anomalies with this ultrasound. This screening is covered by the basic health insurance. The gender of the baby can also be revealed during this test only if you like.

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