The first weeks and months of pregnancy are generally characterized by excitement, nervousness, and a lot of questions. At the top of the list for many pregnant people is “Is my baby okay?”.
Across Canada, government health programs offer prenatal screening to help answer that question; however, depending on where you live, initial results may not be available until after the 16th week of pregnancy. In Québec, for example, this traditional screening is a multi-step process, with an initial result available midway through pregnancy. In the last decade, the NIPT has emerged as a new prenatal screening option that can provide results earlier.
Roche Diagnostics has a long-standing commitment to women’s health. As part of that mandate, we brought the Harmony NIPT to Canada in 2013. Since then, Harmony has been trusted by over 100,000 pregnant Canadians and their doctors.1
The Harmony test can provide important answers earlier in a pregnancy than the traditional screening. That information gives parents more time to prepare for the future and can ensure that they get the care they need from their healthcare provider (including genetic counselling) at an earlier stage in the pregnancy.
Use an NIPT to get to know the baby earlier:
NIPTs—like Harmony—test the baby’s DNA present in the mother’s bloodstream. That means they can tell:
- a baby’s probability of having trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), trisomy 18, or trisomy 13, as well as other chromosomal conditions; and
- the baby’s sex.
Prenatal screening options in Québec
Choosing an NIPT, such as Harmony, means results you can trust as early as 10 weeks, rather than waiting until you are halfway through your pregnancy.
What is the Harmony test looking at?