The blood test can be bought online for less than $300 and promises it’s more than 90 percent accurate!
It works by analyzing fetal DNA in the mother’s blood — giving a reading just weeks into the pregnancy! Do you think this is a good idea, HollyMoms?
The tests, made by a variety of manufacturers, have been on sale for several years — but their popularity was limited, because of questions marks over their accuracy.
But a new study by the American Medical Association reveals they DO work!
Dr. Diana Bianchi, executive director of the Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, found the tests were 98.8 percent accurate at predicting a boy and 94.8 percent accurate at predicting a girl.
The results mean women may not need to have more invasive tests to discover if they’re expecting a boy or girl.
Not everyone is excited about the findings — some researchers are worried women may abuse the tests, and terminate a pregnancy if their baby isn’t the desired sex.
Dr. Mary Rosser, from the Montefiore Medical Center in New York warns, “What you have to consider is the ethics of this. If parents are using it to determine gender and then terminate the pregnancy based on that, that could be a problem.
“Remember, gender is not a disease.”
What do you think, HollyMoms? Good science, or a dangerous innovation?
— Ian Garland
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