What is Amniocentesis?
- A technique that involves drawing fluid from the amniotic sac of a pregnant woman so that sloughed-off fetal cells can be examined for chromosomal irregularities, including that of Down syndrome (Butcher, Mineka & Hooley, 2004)
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the technique all about? Is it a routine practice?
- Can the technique help prevent the development of certain diseases? Or does it only warrant a warning type of knowledge about a child's vulnerabilities and risk factors, and is therefore, unimportant and a waste of money since such information can become available even after birth?