Birth Defects Testing (cont.)
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Deciding About Testing
The decision to have a test for birth defects is personal. You have to think about your age, your chance of passing on a family disease, your need to know about any problems, and what you might do after you have the test results. Your spiritual beliefs and other values also may play a role in your decision.
Some birth defects—such as a cleft lip or cleft palate or certain heart problems—can be fixed with surgery after birth and sometimes even with surgery during pregnancy. Some other defects cannot be fixed.
Reasons to have tests
You may decide to have the tests because:
Reasons NOT to have tests
You may decide not to have birth defects tests because:
For more help on deciding about tests, see the topics:
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