Wednesday, October 14, 2009


A while back I did a poll about when you found out your baby had Down syndrome. The results (way, way down the left column) indicated that around 60% of babies that come with extras come as an after delivery surprise.

There are lots of reasons for this. Maybe you didn’t care about prenatal testing... que sera sera... or maybe you did but something got missed. Doesn’t matter now. You have a wonderful new (or not so new :-) person in your life.

What does matter is that there are a lot of misconceptions about people with Ds and their parents. For one, there are some pregnancy/birth statistics that are skewed (and posted all over the internet). You who were delivered surprises can help to straighten that out (even if you didn't vote in my poll).

Please read the Oz Squad blog post, “What’s In a Number” and then, if you qualify, take the prenatal testing poll. Your participation is greatly appreciated.


  1. I went over and took the quiz. I didn't even do the blood test. I knew I wouldn't do the amnio, so why even do the blood test that is usually quite inaccurate.

  2. I was a AMA mom, 40 when we conceived, 41 when our daughter Meghan was born, other than routine blood work and ultrasounds, we said no to prenatal testing, US were normal, Meghan was born with that extra 21st chromosome, sure we were shocked at first, but loved her from the womb and even more after she was born.


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