And because the overall bias of our technological culture is towards doing more and more testing, Kmom feels an extra responsibility to challenge the automatic assumption that more testing is better.However, by no means is Kmom condemning testing completely, nor does she criticize those who do choose to test.They don't consider that intimately wrapped up in the question of prenatal testing is the moral dilemma of abortion and the thorny issue of eugenics.
It is also important to realize that most women take these tests without fully considering all of the implications of the test.
Most women think of these as a simple test, a cursory part of prenatal care.
For more complete information about how ultrasound works and different types of ultrasounds, be sure to read the FAQ on Ultrasound Safety and Accuracy on this website.
Kmom highly recommends reading this other FAQ before reading this one.
Just because you are 35 or over, for example, does not mean that you HAVE to have an amnio, and just because you are a large woman does NOT mean that you have to have the AFP test or gestational diabetes test.
Conversely, it is also your right to request certain tests if they are important to you. Research the issues carefully so that you make an informed choice, and then either request or decline the test, based on your individual needs and values.
Katz Rothman is by no means arguing against the use of prenatal testing; she actually presents a number of compelling reasons to consider it.
Her writing is a fair and balanced look at the intricacies and difficulties of this issue.
But she has found through extensive interviewing of parents involved in such testing that most of them were simply unprepared to confront the scope of the types of decisions presented by prenatal testing, and that choosing such testing often changed the way a woman experienced pregnancy in subtle ways.
Readers may feel that there is a strong anti-testing bias in this FAQ.
research any test before deciding whether to use it or not. For more information on prenatal testing, see the FAQs available from info on the Internet.