- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 31, 2002

Books

• "Which Tests for My Unborn Baby? Ultrasound and Other Prenatal Tests," by Lachlan De Crespigny, Oxford University Press, 1996. This short book explains the basics of prenatal testing.

• "What to Expect When You're Expecting," by Arlene Eisenberg, Sandee E. Hathaway and Heidi E. Murkoff, Workman Publishing, 1996. This best-selling general pregnancy book explains the different prenatal tests in an easy-to-understand format.

• "Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy and Baby's First Year," edited by Robert V. Johnson, William Morrow and Co., 1994. This book, written by Mayo Clinic doctors, explains general pregnancy information, including tests about which expectant mothers should be aware.

Associations

• March of Dimes, 1275 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605. Phone: 888/MODIMES. Web site: www.modimes.org. This nonprofit group, which advocates prenatal care and prevention of birth defects, has literature and research information about prenatal testing. Its Web site also features a guide to understanding the various tests.

Online

• At the consumer site for the Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.com), visitors can find a simple chart about what the different prenatal tests offer, as well as advice on what to consider if you are undergoing testing.

• On KidsHealth (www.kidshealth.org), a site sponsored by the Nemours Foundation, has an easy-to-read guide to prenatal tests.

• The commercial site BabyZone (www.babyzone.com), offers a chart that defines and explains prenatal testing.


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