“I’m so sorry. Your baby has Down syndrome. Would you like to terminate?”
More often than not, these are the words that parents receive when a Down syndrome diagnosis is being delivered to them. My husband and I were out of town, visiting his mother in the hospital who was passing from cancer, when we received the life altering phone call: “Your baby has a 98% chance of having Down syndrome.”
I was 12 weeks pregnant with my third child, and this was the last thing I had expected. Even though I had a background as a Registered Nurse, and my husband is a physician, neither one of us knew much about Down syndrome, other than the various medical complications that can possibly accompany this condition. And neither one of us actually personally knew anybody with Down syndrome.