Alternative to Ultrasounds

Alternative to Ultrasounds by Lara (Britain)

Are there any safe alternatives to ultrasounds to check that the baby doesn’t have Down’s syndrome?


Alternative to Ultrasounds



Answers to Alternative to Ultrasounds


  • Answer from Florence – Natural Motherhood

Hi Lara,

Thank you for your question. Yes, there are other tests to determine if a child has Down syndromebefore he/she is born.

Some are screening tests meaning that while cost effective and easy to perform they will not give you a definite answer. If any of these tests come back positive, you will need a diagnostic test.

Besides the genetic ultrasound, there are 3 other screening tests and only one of these does not use ultrasound technology: the triple screen or quadruple screen – also called AFP.

Diagnostic tests are about 99% accurate However, they are associated with a risk of miscarriage and other complications.

  • Chorionic Villus Sampling – carries high risks of miscarriage and most of the time it does useultrasound technology.
  • Amniocentesis: uses ultrasound technology
  • Percutaneous Umbilical Blood Sampling also called PUBS: it also uses ultrasound technology.

More on tests.

I hope this helps!


  • Answer from Lara

Thank you very much! I couldn’t get this information anywhere!


  • Answer from Florence from Natural Motherhood

You’re very welcome Lara. I am glad we could help!


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