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why can't you wait until after babies are born to do prenatal testing if suspect chromosome or other problem?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
29 years experience Fertility Medicine
Prenatal screening: You can wait until after birth, but the value of 'prenatal' testing - which means before birth - is it can be done early. Parents feel knowing about baby's medical problems before birth is good for coping and adjusting. Doctors who know in advance special care or surgery is needed can also anticipate and plan better for the baby's needs. But a mom may decline prenatal screening if she chooses.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017

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