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Screening for down's syndrome mandatory?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Not necessaraly

Early pregnancy screening for such things as down syndrome and open spine defects is part of the fabric of good prenatal care.
It provides information to physician & parent about possible complications of pregnancy that allows planning for a complex outcome. I don't know any OB that would require you be screened, but most would want you to sign a waver acknowledging your decision not to have it.

In brief: Not necessaraly

Early pregnancy screening for such things as down syndrome and open spine defects is part of the fabric of good prenatal care.
It provides information to physician & parent about possible complications of pregnancy that allows planning for a complex outcome. I don't know any OB that would require you be screened, but most would want you to sign a waver acknowledging your decision not to have it.
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