Having a baby at an older age can greatly increase the pregnancy risks and baby's health. According to @aafp the risk of the baby having Down syndrome increases dramatically the older the mother is, a 45-year-old mother has a shocking 1 in 30 chance.
March is Trisomy Awareness Month. A trisomy occurs when there is an extra copy of any one chromosome—3 copies instead of 2. Some are common, such as Down syndrome, and some trisomies are so severe that affected babies often pass away before, or shortly after birth. Join us in educating parents about the important role prenatal genetic screening plays for trisomies which may have life-threatening birth defects that require additional testing during a pregnancy or early treatment at birth.
Great article about studies done that reveal that adults with D.S., siblings and parents with kids with D.S. are significantly happier than many assume they are! Very important information if you have a new diagnosis...they have a life worth living!