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What to do after being diagnosed with DS?
I feel absolutely awful about how I'm feeling. Just went through my ultrasound and two things came up that confirmed my labs in regards to Down Syndrome. Didn't think this could happen...feelings are everywhere right now and I've asked myself if I can really do this. Never thought I'd consider adoption but its crossed my mind. What kind of person am I?
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Ahh, honey.  This is new information and a lot to deal with.  And remember they can be wrong.  Are you seeing a specialist soon to discuss this?  Take this one day at a time and sit with this for awhile to see how you feel.  Hugs
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Did you get your panorama screening blood test which detects  Down syndrome and other abnormalities. It's a DNA test and then also looks at the chromosomes that are in mothers blood and fetal blood. It's 99% accurate. There are more than one problems that could be wrong that could be associated with down syndrome but it does not mean that your baby has down syndrome. If your child has more than one soft marker on the ultrasound then that would be concerning such as the bones don't match up , extra neck folds, ill regular hands ,feet,  flat nasal bone, or sometimes problems with the organs. The only way to truly know is to do an amniocentesis but it is very risky you have to ask yourself are you willing to take care of a baby who has down syndrome. If you know in your heart that you cannot then I'd recommend a aminoentesis only if a genetic counselor feels you're at high risk.
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Did you get your panorama screening blood test which detects  Down syndrome and other abnormalities. It's a DNA test and then also looks at the chromosomes that are in mothers blood and fetal blood. It's 99% accurate. There are more than one problems that could be wrong that could be associated with down syndrome but it does not mean that your baby has down syndrome. If your child has more than one soft marker on the ultrasound then that would be concerning such as the bones don't match up , extra neck folds, ill regular hands ,feet,  flat nasal bone, or sometimes problems with the organs. The only way to truly know is to do an amniocentesis but it is very risky you have to ask yourself are you willing to take care of a baby who has down syndrome. If you know in your heart that you cannot then I'd recommend a aminoentesis only if a genetic counselor feels you're at high risk.
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Look online for groups for parents of people with Downs. They will be happy to talk with you about what its really like,so you can get a better idea of what you should do. I've heard many parents say they've had a surprisingly very positive experience.
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