The great professor's clinic was all it was cracked up to be. All white and shiny with a somewhat eclectic art collection. And for anyone who ventures there in the winter, FREEZING cold. Wear your woolly socks.
We waited a while, but not as long as we'd feared, given we'd had estimates of them regularly running 2 hours behind. All the staff were very friendly and kind. The phlebotomist was quick and listened to me about which vein to use. Our sonographer, who seemed to be Spanish, was lovely and sensitive and explained everything to us. They even had a warmer for the gel. We saw kidneys, and arms, and legs, and the spine, and fingers and thumbs. We saw all four chambers of the heart, and were told that the heartbeat was normal, and that the valves of the heart were operating normally. Apparently 65% of Downs babies have valve defects. We heard the heartbeat again. We saw the hemispheres of the brain. I thought I saw something between the legs but she moved the wand so fast (or the fetus moved fast enough) that I can't be sure. It took her ages to be able to do the nuchal fold measurement as the baby just moved around constantly. She kept talking to the baby, asking it to turn just a little bit for her, and even tried poking it at one stage which looked really funny on the screen! Eventually she did the measurement. 1.1mm in one spot, 1.4 in the other. Normal. Everything looked normal. What a lovely word.
The professor came in and took over the wand. Cracked a bunch of jokes. Didn't really look at much, but looked at the print out. The sonographer went to get the blood test results so that they could combine them with all the morphological results. When she'd pressed a few buttons, the professor had cracked a few more jokes and waved the wand about for a little longer in a desultory fashio, the professor told me to sit up, and showed us their calculation screen. Chance of Downs 1 in 1297. Chance of trisomy 13 or 18 1 in 2996. 1 in 1297 is the same risk as that of a 15 year old. "A nasty, promiscuous 15-year-old," said the professor. So there is no need for further testing we said. And he concurred. At 20 weeks we can check everything is still normal, but for now I am happy. We are happy. Relieved and happy.