It’s scary, all the unknowns and worst case scenarios may have been revealed to you. You may have heard your doctor say “This is where parents usually terminate and start over” and unfortunately without further education, your doctor is right. 70-90% of these pregnancies are terminated often with the devastating after affects of guilt. Your doctor may even volunteer to perform the procedure him/herself and might have sent you to a genetic counselor. Unfortunately all the genetic explanations in the world cannot answer the real questions.
What is it like to raise a child with Down syndrome? Will this ruin my life?
We, at The Delaney Ott-Dahl Foundation hope that regardless of what you choose, that you make an informed, fair and educated decision. That you know not only the cons, but also the pro’s this child may bring into your life, the lives of your family members and for the life of the child. We hope that you first take time before making decisions under stress and despair. It is okay to grieve the loss of the child that you thought you were going to have, especially before you can think about making a decision of the child that can be.
Want to know what can you do for your baby right now to help your baby reach their full potential? Visit our “What You Can Do Right Now” page.
Want Resources to Down syndrome support groups, read blogs of people who are parenting a child with Down syndrome, see pictures and videos of people who have Down syndrome and what they can achieve? Visit our “Resources” page.