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The Harmony Prenatal Test measures a woman’s risk of carrying a baby with chromosomal conditions such as trisomies 21, 18 and 13. If your test indicates a high-risk result, talk with your healthcare provider about what further diagnostic testing is needed to confirm the result. The Harmony Prenatal Test was developed by Ariosa Diagnostics, a laboratory certified by the federal government to perform high complexity testing. This test is a laboratory–developed test and has not been reviewed or approved by the FDA.

Why screen for chromosomal conditions?

Chromosomal conditions such as Down syndrome can affect management of your pregnancy and delivery in addition to the health of your newborn. These conditions can happen in any pregnancy, even when there is no family history, because they typically are not inherited. They happen by "chance" and although the chance increases with mother's age, most babies with chromosomal conditions are born to women under 35 years of age. 1

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that all pregnant women be offered screening and diagnostic tests for chromosomal conditions.2 NIPT is the most sensitive screening option for Down syndrome (trisomy 21), Edward syndrome (trisomy 18), and Patau syndrome (trisomy 13).3

Your prenatal screening results can provide you and your healthcare professional with information specific to your pregnancy so you can have more informed conversations about your prenatal care.

1. The California Prenatal Screening Program. March 2009. Provider Handbook 2009. 2. ACOG Practice Bulletin 163 Obstet Gynecol. 2016 May;127(5):e123-37. 3. Gregg et al. Genet Med. 2016 Jul 28.

The Harmony Prenatal Test measures a woman’s risk of carrying a baby with chromosomal conditions such as trisomies 21, 18 and 13. If your test indicates a high-risk result, talk with your healthcare provider about what further diagnostic testing is needed to confirm the result. The Harmony Prenatal Test was developed by Ariosa Diagnostics, a laboratory certified by the federal government to perform high complexity testing. This test is a laboratory–developed test and has not been reviewed or approved by the FDA.

The Harmony Difference

Melissa’s Personal Story

I am the mother of two children, a daughter and a son. At the age of 40, I became pregnant with my second child, a boy. My husband and I knew from the outset I would choose to undergo a non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT). We had experienced a miscarriage with my first pregnancy, so it was important to be armed with as much information as possible about the health of our baby. We wanted to also be prepared if our baby faced any potential chromosomal conditions.

We were proactive about taking a NIPT and I chose to take the Harmony® Prenatal Test, which I learned from my research, through friends and my doctor, can be done as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy. NIPT seemed like such a better option than other screenings that were available to me previously. The test would provide a more accurate result for Down syndrome than the older screening tests.

I’ve supported friends who had false positives with other prenatal screening methods, so accuracy was important. I had a wonderful experience with the Harmony test. It was easily administered, and we received the results, which came back normal, quickly. I believe that gathering information during one’s pregnancy is important. This screening provided the information we sought.

Barbara’s Personal Story

I am a mother to three beautiful children – two on Earth and one angel who watches over us. 

I became pregnant with my first child in 2011 and, at the time, non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) wasn’t available. I remember this clearly as I learned of a possible chromosomal condition in my baby from a routine ultrasound and blood test in my second trimester. My husband and I confirmed through amniocentesis that our unborn daughter, Joan, had trisomy 18.

We learned that trisomy 18 is a rare condition that causes serious differences in development – so serious that most babies with trisomy 18 pass away during birth or shortly afterwards. Our doctor discussed our options with us, and we chose to continue our pregnancy with Joan, knowing the difficult challenges we faced. 

My husband and I have had two more children since Joan’s birth and death. During those pregnancies, we used the Harmony® prenatal test. Given our experience losing our daughter to trisomy 18, we were interested in NIPT for a variety of reasons. 

The NIPT was appealing as it’s a simple blood draw – quick, relatively painless, with no risk to the pregnancy- and it can be done in the first trimester. We knew that if the NIPT result had shown a high likelihood for a chromosomal condition, it would have allowed us more time to prepare for our child's unique needs and the road ahead. 

We also knew that we didn’t want to have invasive testing unless an issue was suspected. In both cases, our Harmony test result showed that our children were unlikely to have three of the most common chromosome conditions: trisomy 21, trisomy 18 and trisomy 13. Having NIPT in the first trimester helped ease our anxiety throughout the last two pregnancies. It helped give us some peace of mind. 

Jean’s Personal Story

I know firsthand how important a noninvasive prenatal test (NIPT) can be in helping parents prepare for their babies. While pregnant with my second son I had standard blood testing with a nuchal translucency ultrasound, and the results showed that my baby had a high chance of being born with Down syndrome. I was very worried, and wanted more information. The follow-up options presented to my husband and me were not satisfying to us.

I found out that the Harmony test has a higher accuracy than the older screening tests, so I asked my doctor for it. I soon received the results, which showed that my baby had a very low chance of having Down syndrome, and other two conditions tested.

I’m happy to report that our little boy is now three-years-old and doing great. I am so glad that I chose to take the Harmony test. Our experience with Harmony NIPT was a positive one. I’m glad I took the initiative to learn more about prenatal screening options and I would encourage other expectant moms to do the same during their first trimester to get early answers.

The Harmony Prenatal Test measures a woman’s risk of carrying a baby with chromosomal conditions such as trisomies 21, 18 and 13. If your test indicates a high-risk result, talk with your healthcare provider about what further diagnostic testing is needed to confirm the result. The Harmony Prenatal Test was developed by Ariosa Diagnostics, a laboratory certified by the federal government to perform high complexity testing. This test is a laboratory–developed test and has not been reviewed or approved by the FDA.

How it works

Three simple steps to clarity

Many insurance plans will cover the Harmony prenatal test. To help with any out-of-pocket costs, financial assistance may be available to eligible patients. Please call a Harmony Care Specialist at 1-855-927-4672 to understand your cost and coverage.

Harmony billing made easy

1. The Harmony Prenatal Test is ordered by your healthcare provider and sent directly to Ariosa Diagnostics.
2. After your sample is received and testing is completed, Ariosa Diagnostics will submit a claim to your insurance provider.
3. Once your insurance provider processes the claim, they will send you an Explanation of Benefits (EOB).
4. You will receive a statement from Ariosa Diagnostics for the final balance.

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The out-of-pocket cost for the Harmony Prenatal Test varies by plan, you may be responsible for applicable deductible, copay, and/or co-insurance.

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We offer a cash pay for uninsured patients along with financial assistance to qualifying patients.

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Many insurance plans will cover the Harmony prenatal test, you are responsible for paying your deductible before your health plan will cover your care. Meeting your deductible may help lower your out-of-pocket healthcare costs.

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The EOB outlines the charge for the test, the amounts covered and not covered, and the amount applied to your deductible. Importantly, the EOB is not a bill; it is for informational purposes only.

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Some insurance providers may send a check to the patient for the amount they covered for the test. If this occurs, please endorse the check to Ariosa Diagnostics and send the check along with your EOB to:

Ariosa Diagnostics, Billing Dept.

Dept. CH 16829

Palatine, IL 60055-1400

Contact a Harmony Care Specialist for more information at 1-855-927-4672

The Harmony Prenatal Test measures a woman’s risk of carrying a baby with chromosomal conditions such as trisomies 21, 18 and 13. If your test indicates a high-risk result, talk with your healthcare provider about what further diagnostic testing is needed to confirm the result. The Harmony Prenatal Test was developed by Ariosa Diagnostics, a laboratory certified by the federal government to perform high complexity testing. This test is a laboratory–developed test and has not been reviewed or approved by the FDA.

*Both under 35 and over 35 age groups, studies have included women ages 18-48
1. Stokowski et al. Prenat Diagn. 2015 Dec;35(12):1243-6

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The Harmony Prenatal Test measures a woman’s risk of carrying a baby with chromosomal conditions such as trisomies 21, 18 and 13. If your test indicates a high-risk result, talk with your healthcare provider about what further diagnostic testing is needed to confirm the result. The Harmony Prenatal Test was developed by Ariosa Diagnostics, a laboratory certified by the federal government to perform high complexity testing. This test is a laboratory–developed test and has not been reviewed or approved by the FDA.