The Harmony prenatal blood test is available for pregnant women at Wessex Fertility from week 10 of pregnancy.
Please call us on 023 80706000 if you would like to find out more about this test or if you would like to book an appointment.
Harmony Testing is a non-invasive prenatal testing that can be carried out after 10 weeks of pregnancy. It is a blood test that analyses the DNA from the fetus that circulates in the mother’s blood. Cell-free DNA (cfDNA) results from the natural breakdown of fetal cells (presumed to be mostly placental) and clears from the maternal system within hours of giving birth. This test has no risk to the baby and is almost 100% accurate.
During a pregnancy, cfDNA can be tested to give the most accurate screening approach in estimating the risk of a fetus having a common chromosome condition sometimes called a trisomy. This occurs when there are three copies of a particular chromosome instead of the expected two. The test looks to detect the following trisomies:
The Harmony test offers near total accuracy in diagnosing chromosomal conditions such as Down Syndrome. When compared to standard nuchal testing options, the Harmony test is almost 10% more accurate in the diagnosis of Down’s. Although prenatal screening tests can carry a false negative/positive ratio, the Harmony test has virtually no false negative/positive rate. What’s more, as the Harmony test is non-invasive it poses no risk to the fetus, unlike other invasive tests such as in amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS). Although the Harmony test is highly accurate in the diagnosis of several key chromosomal conditions, it does not rule out all fetal abnormalities.
The testing is non-invasive: it involves taking a blood sample from the mother. The pregnancy is not put at risk of miscarriage, or from other adverse outcomes that are associated with invasive testing procedures such as amniocentesis.
The Harmony test is suitable for a wide range of pregnancies. For women undergoing IVF treatment, or having a child in later life, a prenatal test that offers near 100% accuracy in the diagnosis of congential conditions can provide great reassurance. The Harmony test is suitable for:
The Harmony test can also be used to sex your baby, this part of the test is suitable for:
Wessex Fertility’s Harmony testing includes a thorough pregnancy scan by one of our specialist sonographers or consultants. Once your pregnancy is confirmed you will have the blood test that is sent off for the Harmony analysis. When Wessex Fertility have received your result it will be reviewed by one of our consultants who will phone you with the result and then follow up in writing explaining the results. If the result shows that there may be issues then you will be supported by our team and the consultant will refer you directly to the appropriate fetal medicine unit for further care. At Wessex Fertility we go above and beyond for our patients and feel that this is reflected in all the services we provide.