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Baby is at risk for Down syndrome?

I found out my baby is at risk for Down syndrome. Now what?


I found out my baby is at risk for Down syndrome. Now what?

The Bump Expert

First take note that “at risk” is not the same as “has.” The next step is to determine whether or not your baby actually has Down syndrome. In most cases, that’s done with an amniocentesis, which involves the insertion of a large needle into the uterus to withdraw a small sample of amniotic fluid. The baby sheds cells into the amniotic fluid, so a lab professional can analyze the amniotic sample to see if your baby indeed has Down syndrome. Alternatively, a healthcare provider could perform chorionic villus sampling (CVS), which looks at a small sample of the placenta, to check for the presence of Down syndrome. CVS can be performed much earlier in pregnancy than amniocentesis. CVS can be done in the first trimester; amniocentesis is generally performed around at 15 to 20 weeks of pregnancy. Both tests involve a slight risk of miscarriage. (Typically, the odds of a miscarriage with amniocentesis or CVS testing are less than 1 in 100.)

Before you schedule any testing, though, think long and hard about what a potential diagnosis of Down syndrome might mean for your family, and why you might want to know. While it’s true that babies with Down syndrome also have an increased risk of certain heart and other medical defects, most obstetricians and hospitals are now fully equipped to deliver and care for a child with Down syndrome. Only you, though, can decide the best course of action for your family. If prenatal diagnostic testing results in a diagnosis of Down syndrome, your healthcare provider will talk you through your options, which may include continuing or terminating the pregnancy.

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Sharon Phelan, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New Mexico - Albuquerque

Baby is at risk for Down syndrome?

It is defiantly a decision that you and your partner have to make, I am going through the same situation right now, but I have a first cousin who has down syndrom and was born with a heart defect. Although it was hard on the family at first, you can ask anyone, we wouldnt change her for anything. She is spunky and lively and lives a healthy life now. There are so many programs offered now that make it so much easier for people with down syndrom to live healthy happy lives that are as rich with activities and adventures as a typically developing baby. She graduated high school, goes to a summer camp every year specifically for people with down syndrom, she has a job in an office, and even has a boyfriend now. I went to college to study special education, and my cousin is the reason for that, seeing her go trough life and experience and learn new things is the greatest gift I could have asked for and if my baby has down syndrom I know it will be hard, but in the end worth it.

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Baby is at risk for Down syndrome?

If you're scared, please read my blog. Last month I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy that was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. The blog, called the upside, is my story. It is my family's journey in finding the beauty in the unexpected. I promise it will be okay, Down Syndrome is not something to be scared of, it is an amazing joy. www.kelseymango.blogspot.com

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