For Moms To Be: Panorama Screening

It’s amazing how such a tiny human being can bring a whole tsunami of life changes! As soon as we discovered two marks on the home pregnancy test, we knew that our lives would be forever changed.

I firmly believe that each and every child is fearfully and wonderfully made by God. There’s no such thing as “accidents or mistakes” when it comes to babies. Each one is precious in the eyes of the Lord, perfectly and purposefully made and must be celebrated— no matter what color, gender, race, social demographic, shape or form. All are gems to be treasured 🙂 🙂

As I was praying one morning, I realized that I needed a change of heart as a parent to be. I guess it’s brought about by my own spiritual/emotional immaturity, lack of experience or naiveté—I was praying for a “normal and healthy child” when it hit me that my heart needed to take on a new form of love, a completely selfless and sacrificial kind of love for my unborn child. That even IF it was part of God’s will for the words “normal” or “healthy” to not be adjectives attached to my son, I would still love him just the same. And that I would be joyful, courageous, and grateful still. I won’t lie, Patrick and I have dreams for our son—but we also want to start trusting that God’s dreams for our child are even bigger and better!

This personal realization came at the same time that I received an email from HI PRECISION about the Panorama screening. It was something completely new to me and I had to do more research on my own before agreeing to it. I consulted my OB GYNE Dr. Cora De Jesus about it and she highly recommended for me to go through it so I booked a date for it. It just takes a few minutes really and is done privately in the immaculately clean HI PRECISION clinic in Powerplant Mall, Rockwell. Before the blood draw, you get a full briefing from the in house doctor and staff so all your questions and concerns are thoroughly answered.

“Panorama is a DNA screening test that can tell you important information about your pregnancy. You can find out if your baby is at risk for having Down syndrome or other chromosomal abnormalities. Panorama can also tell you the gender of your baby. Non-invasive and highly accurate, Panorama has the lowest false positive rate of any prenatal screening test for the commonly screened chromosomal abnormalities, trisomies 21, 18 and 13. And, Panorama can be done as early as nine weeks into your pregnancy using a simple blood draw.” You can find more information by visiting 🙂

I can imagine how this test might raise a few eyebrows and touch many sensitive issues. No parent wants to see his child in pain, no parent would wish any sickness or abnormality to take shape—but it does happen, it’s a reality that many families face. I won’t even begin to pretend I know how it feels, because I don’t. I won’t even be able to find the right words to say. But the reason why I decided to take the test was for me and Patrick to really take on the role as pro-active parents head on. Being armed with all the information we could possibly acquire about our son would help us make wiser decisions and to also pray for hearts to be ready for the challenges ahead. The results were given to me in 10 days and were all good, but if it didn’t pan out the way we would have hoped—I know that I would still be thankful for this test as it would give us a head start to plan accordingly, to address the issues bravely, and to seek the best medical advice out there. I’ve seen so many inspiring families and success stories of children triumphant over these ordeals and limitations so I really believe that God writes exciting stories for each and every person 🙂

This test is administered to most (if not all) citizens in the US, UK and other first world countries. Unfortunately, it’s not something we are able to enjoy freely in the Philippines in regular hospitals. Thankfully though, Hi Precision Diagnostics offers this service and it’s an option worth considering for parents to be. It’s a bit pricey as the science and technology behind it is really world-class, but it’s an investment you should really talk about. You can take the test as early as 9 weeks of pregnancy. I took it at about 31 weeks and my only regret was that I should’ve taken it sooner. Again, I’m not sharing this as an expert but just as a mom-to-be like most of you. In the end, it’s also YOUR decision and you just choose what you feel it’s best for your child 🙂


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To learn more about this test, just click the video below. It’s a very quick and straightforward video which will be enough to convince you 🙂

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