Posted by Rachel Leigh email
(WFLX) - Kerri Richmond is all ready for her baby girl's arrival. She even has a name picked out, Evelyn Grace - Evie for short.
Kerri found out she was having a girl with a traditional ultrasound, but, she says, she would have jumped at the chance to find out her baby's sex before then. "The sooner, the better for me. I wanted to set up everything in advance, make it as girly or boyish as possible."
Consumer Genetics' Pink or Blue Test promises to tell women whether they're having a boy or a girl as early as seven weeks into their pregnancy. Traditionally, a doctor cannot tell a woman the sex of her baby until she is 16 to 20 weeks pregnant.
Kerri's one of two women, we invited to take the test. Molly Balfour is the other. Both already knew their baby's sex.
Consumer Genetics claims Pink or Blue is accurate 95 percent of the time. The other three volunteers recruited for our story were earlier on in their pregnancies.
Megan was 14 weeks, and Aimee Goodson and Karen Green were both nine weeks.
The Pink or Blue Test works by detecting small amounts of male DNA in her blood. The only way she'd have male DNA is if she was pregnant with a baby boy.
"It's a girl!" Aimee just got the big news. Her Pink or Blue Gender Test says she's having a girl.
"Oh, a baby boy. That's awesome," exclaimed Megan Dupuy.
Lastly, Karen Green's results showed she was also having a boy.
All our volunteers liked the idea of finding out the sex of their child early; however, not all of our participants were excited about the process.
Pricking her finger to get blood was Karen's biggest complaint.
Others had trouble getting enough blood to fill the circles on cards, so they could be sent back for testing.
At 36 weeks, Molly already had both amnio and ultrasound before taking the Pink or Blue Test. Pink or Blue pointed to "blue". The test is right.
The ultrasound showed another of our volunteers, Kerri, was having a girl. Pink or Blue agreed.
Despite early successes, some critics of the Pink or Blue Test worry women who are not happy with their results may choose to terminate their pregnancies.
The consent form and policy clearly states you should not be using this for gender selection or any other medical reason.
For volunteers, like Aimee, who now expects to have her third girl, pink or blue was just fun. She says it'll save money on clothes. "I won't have to buy any new clothes!"
A simple cough could get male DNA in the air and contaminate the sample putting the accuracy of the test in question. Once the test is completed and mailed to Consumer Genetics, the results are available online or by e-mail within three to five days.