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Prenatal genetic test offers more information at 44

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, June 15, 2012 | 0 comments

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Sarah Benedict chose to undergo array CGH before her son Andrew was born in March.

“I like to have information and be able to plan for things,” said Benedict, who lives in Hinsdale.  

“I just wanted to know that everything was OK, especially at age 44. The risks are higher than when you are younger. 

For me, it was a question, not if I was going to do prenatal testing, but which one was right for me.”

The results came back normal, Benedict was reassured. Andrew was born at a healthy weight and size and is doing well, she said.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
The Couple's Guide To In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need To Know To Maximize Your Chances Of Success, by Liza Charlesworth. Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (May 4, 2004)The Couple's Guide To In Vitro Fertilization: Everything You Need To Know To Maximize Your Chances Of Success
by Liza Charlesworth

-- Despite the fact that it is an expensive, complex, emotionally draining, and often last-ditch fertility treatment, there are now over 250,000 couples who consider in vitro fertilization (IVF) every year; more than 125,000 couples decide to undergo it. 

While dry, clinical information is available, there is a gaping need for sisterly advice from someone who's been through the process herself.


From evaluating care and preparing for the complicated process to understanding egg retrieval and embryo transfer; from tips on taking medications and coping with hormonal surges to dealing with the emotional aspects of the grueling IVF process, Liza Charlesworth's The Couple's Guide to In Vitro Fertilization offers knowing, sensitive counsel. 


Full of hard-won personal wisdom and the most up-to-date medical information explained in layman's terms, this invaluable guide is sure to become recommended reading for couples trying to conceive and their families alike.


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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
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