Down Syndrome Diagnosis: Dear New Parent

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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The Problem With Down Syndrome: Part 1

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 »