FAQs for expecting parents

  • How accurate is the Harmony Prenatal Test?

    Using a DNA-based technology, the Harmony Prenatal Test has been shown to identify greater than 99% of Down syndrome cases.1 By comparison, traditional blood tests can miss as many as 15% of Down syndrome cases in pregnant women.2

    Harmony is also much less likely than traditional tests to give you a false-positive result, meaning there is much less chance your doctor would recommend follow-up invasive testing, such as amniocentesis.

    Harmony Prenatal Test is a screening test. Results should be confirmed with diagnostic testing. 

    Read more about the accuracy of Harmony.

  • How does the Harmony Prenatal Test work?

    When you are pregnant, your blood contains fragments of your developing baby’s DNA. Harmony Prenatal Test is a new type of test that analyzes DNA in a sample of your blood to predict the risk of Down syndrome (trisomy 21) and other genetic conditions called trisomy 18 and trisomy 13.

    Read more about the Technology behind Harmony.

  • How is the Harmony Prenatal Test different from other blood tests for Down syndrome?

    Harmony delivers clear answers as early as the first trimester with a single blood draw. Other commonly used tests for Down syndrome are performed later in pregnancy and require multiple office visits. Traditional 1st trimester serum screening tests are associated with a false-positive rate as high as 5%.2 
    Harmony uses a unique method of targeted DNA analysis that, combined with extensive quality controls, achieves over 99% accuracy and a false-positive rate less than 0.1%.1

    Read more about the Technology behind Harmony.

  • Can the Harmony Prenatal Test also evaluate fetal sex, and the X and Y sex chromosomes?

    Yes, Harmony Prenatal Test includes the option to evaluate fetal sex and the number of X and Y sex chromosomes, if you ask your doctor to request this additional analysis. 

  • Should I take the Harmony Prenatal Test if I am under 35?

    The risk of Down syndrome in a pregnancy increases with maternal age, however, most cases occur in women who are under age 35.4 The Harmony Prenatal Test has been extensively validated in women both over and under 35.

  • When can I take the Harmony Prenatal Test?

    You can get the Harmony Prenatal Test with a simple blood draw as early as 10 weeks into your pregnancy, or any time later in pregnancy. 

  • How long does the Harmony Prenatal Test take?

    Harmony is a simple blood test, so it only takes a couple of minutes at your healthcare provider’s office.

    In seven days or less, your healthcare provider will receive the results and can share them with you.

     

    Read more about Taking the Test.

  • How much does Harmony Prenatal Test cost?

    Harmony is covered by many insurance plans. The exact cost depends on your insurance coverage. Harmony offers patient assistance programs to provide financial assistance that can work in conjunction with or in place of insurance coverage.

    Call 855-927-4672 for help with billing or payment questions. Call your insurer for help with cost estimates or coverage questions.

  • Where can I find out more about Down syndrome, trisomy 18 and trisomy 13?

    In the Resources section, you will find a list of Advocacy and Support Groups with links to organizations that support families and individuals affected by trisomies and provide information about these conditions to the public.
  • I’m expecting twins. Can I get the Harmony Prenatal Test?

    Yes. Harmony can be used in twin pregnancies.

  • I’m expecting a baby through IVF. Can I get the Harmony Prenatal Test?

    Yes. In most cases, the Harmony Prenatal Test can be used in pregnancies conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF).

  • I have another question that is not answered here. Who do I ask?

    For questions that relate to your specific case and personal concerns, it’s best to talk to your healthcare provider. A list of Questions for your healthcare provider you can print for your next visit is available.

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  1. Norton et al. N Engl J Med. 2015 Apr 23;372(17):1589-97
  2. ACOG Practice Bulletin 77. ACOG Committee on Practice Bulletins. Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Jan;109(1):217-27
  3. Sparks et al. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Apr;206(4):319.e1-9.
  4. California Prenatal Screening Program 2009