Pregnant women now have an additional 8 weeks to plan their baby rooms after local molecular technology firm DNAlysis Biotechnology licensed a foetal sexing test that has cut the time it takes to determine a baby’s gender from 16 weeks to 8 weeks.
According to Dr. Daniel Meyersfeld, PhD, “Our new Pink or Blue test detects the sex of a baby by characterising minute quantities of foetal cellular material which is released into the maternal bloodstream as part of normal foetal development.”
Not only has the safe, accurate and non-invasive test helped minimise the anxiety experienced by many pregnant women eager to know the sex of their baby, nurses are available to administer the test wherever convenient and the rapid turnaround time of 4 to 5 working days further eases what can be a stressful time in a women’s life.
“It’s becoming increasingly attractive and acceptable to know the gender of one’s baby before birth because people understand that the pressures of modern life make planning ahead not only desirable but essential,” said Dr. Meyersfeld.
Available from February 2009, the Pink or Blue test from DNAlysis Biotechnology is accurate 95% of the time. Getting tested is as simple as making an appointment with me, to draw a small sample of blood, that will be send away for testing, alternatively you can also phone the call centre of Unique Nursing Services (011 675 0600) and arrange a convenient time for a nurse to meet with you. Alternatively, you can visit your nearest Pick ‘n Pay Pharmacy.
“In years gone by, there was a romantic element attached to a traditional pregnancy where most women preferred to wait until birth to find out their baby’s gender. Unfortunately this saw the rise of superstition and dubious means of determining gender,” added Dr. Meyersfeld.
Only the Pink or Blue test at 8 weeks, CVS at 10 weeks, amniocentesis at 15 weeks or ultrasound at 16 weeks are reliable indicators of an unborn baby’s gender.
The advantage of the Pink or Blue test is that not only is it available much sooner, but it is also usually more accurate than ultrasound, which depends largely on the technician’s skill and the position a baby is in at a particular time.
DNAlysis Biotechnology was founded in 2007 with the aim of bringing state-of-the-art molecular technologies to the South African healthcare and wellness markets. Core services include gene profiling analyses to determine predisposition to chronic illness and highly sensitive assays for identifying foetal gender. The company’s combined expertise encompasses the fields of Human Genetics, Gene Mapping and Molecular Biology.
How to have this test done
You need to book an appointment with me. During your appointment, you will have lots of time to ask questions regarding your pregnancy and baby. If you wish, a complete antenatal check can be done as well as belly mapping.
The actual test is a simple blood test. The completed forms, together with the blood tube is send to a special laboratory, where after you will be contacted for the results.
For queries or further questions, you can contact me or visit www.dnalysis.co.za