Dear New Parent,
If you have found this place, you may have just discovered that your baby has Down syndrome. You are likely standing at a fork in the road. Whether your baby has been born yet or not, you’ll need to make choices now, in action or thought, that will change you forever.
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Is there a problem with Down syndrome? Is having 46 chromosomes fundamentally better than having 47? If one can designate a certain genetic condition as less than ideal, what are ideal genetics? More importantly, where does this contemplation lead us?
Researchers have discovered a new way to turn off the chromosome that causes Down syndrome, and I am troubled, let me tell you. It feels like the beginning of a brave new world, and my child may be the canary in the coal mine. Read the rest of this entry »