BOSTON (CBS) — It’s the news no expecting mom wants to hear, “there was a chance she was going to be stillborn or wouldn’t live past her first year.”
That’s what Jennifer Fontaine’s doctors told her after she underwent genetic screening in the first trimester of her pregnancy. The traditional blood test had turned up a chromosome abnormality in the fetus. Then the Groveland woman had a new test which actually screens DNA.
“The DNA results came back perfect. Nothing was wrong with chromosome 18 and she was perfect,” says Jennifer. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Morgan in December.
In a new study, doctors at Tufts Medical Center found that the DNA test performed significantly better compared to the traditional screening for hormones and proteins. Both only require a simple blood sample.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Diane Stern reports