I always laugh when I hear about folks who participate in tests for pharmaceutical companies. It seems like a horrible idea to take drugs that haven’t been tested. I mean really, who does that?!?
*Meekly raise my hand*
Apparently there is a black market for pregnant lady blood and I decided to cash in.
My co-worker participated in a study on pregnant women dedicated to preventing the need for dangerous amniocentesis testing. No drugs are required, only blood donations from pregnant women.
The value of a tiny tube of my blood? $250.
I was reluctant to donate blood at first, regardless of how little was required, but gave in as soon as I visited the medical facility. It was cleaner than my doctor’s office!
Test subjects can donate up to 6 times over the course of 20 weeks, but I’m too far in my pregnancy and could only donate once.
I’m a bit jealous of my co-worker who is on her third donation and has fully furnished her baby’s room on pharmaceutical company checks but hey, I’m extremely grateful for my $250.
Yes, my doctor approved the donation. Yes, it was safe and sanitary. Yes, the check cleared.
And one day, I hope amniocentesis testing will be a thing of the past.