We’re now offering the IONA® NIPT test in the relaxation, comfort and luxury of our boutiques for £450, including a reassurance scan.


What is the IONA® test?

The IONA® test is a non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) for pregnant women which estimates the risk of a fetus having Down’s syndrome or some other serious genetic diseases.


This advanced screening test is carried out from a small maternal blood sample in the comfort of our calm and relaxing boutiques. Once the blood sample is taken, the sample is sent off for analysis at Premaitha Health’s dedicated laboratory in Manchester.

With My Baby Company, our clients can expect to receive their test results within approximately 3-5 days.


What does IONA® test screen for?

The IONA® test estimates the risk of a fetus having Down’s syndrome (Trisomy 21), Edwards’ syndrome (Trisomy 18) and Patau’s syndrome (Trisomy 13).


Trisomies occur when three, instead of the usual two, copies of a chromosome are present. Edwards’ and Patau’s syndromes are much rarer than Down’s but are very serious and many affected babies do not survive.


How does it work?

During pregnancy the placenta leaks cell-free DNA which circulates in the maternal bloodstream. As a result, a maternal blood sample contains a mixture of fetal and maternal circulating DNA.


The IONA® test directly measures the amount of this cell-free DNA and can detect small changes in the DNA ratio between the maternal and cell-free DNA when a fetal trisomy 21, 18 or 13 is present.

To book an IONA® NIPT test, please contact the boutique on 0161 667 1599.

For further information on the test and its accuracy levels, please click HERE.

Why is IONA® better than the current combined test?

Traditional screening offered during pregnancy is currently called the combined test. This is an ultrasound scan to measure the nuchal translucency (NT) and a blood test. This is much less accurate than NIPT and it only detects around 85% of babies with Down’s syndrome.

The IONA® test has a higher detection rate than the current combined test offered to pregnant women. This means that fewer pregnant women will undergo unnecessary invasive follow-up procedures such as amniocentesis or CVS* which are stressful, painful and can carry a small risk of miscarriage.

* Chorionic villus sampling

What are the advantages of the IONA® test?

Safe: non-invasive with no risk of miscarriage.

Simple: uses a simple maternal blood sample. Unlike other NIPT’s, the IONA® test is performed in a laboratory local to you. So your blood sample is not shipped to the US or China.

Accurate: greater than 99% for detection of trisomy conditions.

Quality: unlike other NIPT’s, the IONA® test is a regulated diagnostic, which is CE marked.

Fast: the IONA® test is the fastest NIPT available with results provided within 3-5 working days, from sample receipt arrving at the laboratory.


How accurate is the IONA® test?

The IONA® test is accurate and identifies Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome in over 99% of cases.

For further information, please visit the test provider's website using the links referenced below:

What is the false positive rate?

Less than 1% of pregnant women may receive a high risk result from the IONA® test and then go onto to have a follow-up invasive test which confirms that the fetus is not affected with trisomy 21, 18 or 13.

For further information, please visit the test provider's website using the links referenced below:

How is the sample taken?

A simple blood sample is taken from your arm by a healthcare professional after you have been pregnant for at least 10 weeks.

What is the current method of screening?

Currently most healthcare systems offer pregnant women the combined test which includes a fetal ultrasound and blood test performed at about 11-13 weeks into your pregnancy. The ultrasound looks at multiple aspects of the developing fetus, but particularly at the skin fold at the top of the spine where it meets the skull, this is called the Nuchal Translucency (NT). The blood test measures the levels of two hormones: hCG and PAPP-A. The current combined test has a ~85% detection rate and ~5% false positive rate.

Is the IONA® test replacing the 11-13 week dating scan?

No, it is recommended that you still have this dating scan at 11-13 weeks to assess the baby's growth and development. The IONA® test or any other non-invasive prenatal DNA screening test will not replace this dating ultrasound.

Is the IONA® test 100% conclusive?

It is not 100% conclusive due to naturally occurring biological instances where the fetalDNA differs from the placental DNA.

How long will it take to get the results?

Once the sample is received at the laboratory it can take between 3-5 working days* to perform the test as this is a scientific process, in certain cases this process will be longer. The data from the laboratory test is entered into the IONA® analysis software and an easy to interpret result report is generated for you to discuss with your healthcare professional.

* Blood samples collected over the weekend will be despatched to the laboratory on the next working day.

We are only able to deliver the results to the client that we have taken the blood sample from and named on the consent form, unless we are provided with specific instructions in writing, granting consent to discuss results with a named 3rd party (at the time of your appointment).

No Result: Very occasionally there is insufficient placental DNA in the sample to obtain a result. In these cases we may need to call you back in order take a further blood sample thus delaying the results.

What are my options if I have a high risk result for a trisomy?

If you get a “high risk” result, you will need to contact your consultant or midwife. The next steps will be determined in consultation with your healthcare provider. All high risk results should be confirmed by a follow-up invasive procedure, such as amniocentesis or Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS).

Can I have the IONA® test if I have twins?

The IONA® test is suitable for twin pregnancies. However, in dichorionic twins, the test sensitivity is reduced from >99% to about 95%. Dichorionic means there are two placentas, such as non-identical twins and some identical twins.

Can I return a postal kit?

Unfortunately for hygiene reasons we are unable to accept returns of our kits. If however, you decide not to proceed within 30 days of the kit being dispatched, a fee of £50 along with the postal fee will be deducted from your refund.


We understand that sometimes there are occasions when you might need to change your appointment - we're happy to this free of charge subject to 48 hours notice, however should you wish to cancel your appointment completely, you will forfeit the deposit you have paid.

To book an IONA® NIPT test, please contact the boutique on 0161 667 1599.