prenatal testing

Hello, World! It’s Baby Megan!

July 16, 2013

Many of you have asked for updates on Baby Megan, the daughter of Mr. Andi’s cousin who was born last summer with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease). Well, ask and you shall receive… The family was recently profiled by the Associated Press (available on USA Today’s website, ironically…) and the video is embedded below. For those of […]

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The Gift of Baby Megan

August 16, 2012

On Tuesday, Baby Megan was born in a hospital in Colorado. Her parents were told months ago that she would not survive birth. They were given no hope for their daughter. Her in utero diagnosis is one of those couched in the dreaded phrase “incompatible with life.” She was expected to be stillborn or to […]

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International Down Syndrome Coalition for Life: Common Ground and REAL Choice

June 28, 2012

Picture for a moment a young, unwed woman from a poor family who finds out she is pregnant. Her resources are limited, and the father of her baby has abandoned her. She has the support of her family and friends, but they are also poor. Despite the difficulties she knows she will face, this young […]

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WOW! Over 7000 and Counting…

June 26, 2012

In last Friday’s Seven Snippets, I mentioned the IDSC for Life’s newest photo campaign. Nathan’s photo and caption were posted on the IDSC for Life website on Monday, and also on the IDSC for Life’s Facebook page. As of 9:30 this morning, his photo and caption had been shared on Facebook more than 7,000 times. […]

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The Good News About Prenatal Tests for Down Syndrome

June 14, 2012

Reports place the Down syndrome abortion rate (i.e., the termination of babies diagnosed in utero with trisomy 21) at between 85-92%, as I’ve mentioned before. A key takeaway, though, is “diagnosed in utero.” While that 9 out of 10 statistic is jaw-droppingly horrifying, it’s only part of the story. Until the 2011 release of MaterniT21, […]

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A Tale of Two Babies: Part One of a Two-Part Series on Prenatal Testing

June 13, 2012

On Monday, I learned that a friend of a friend gave birth this week to a girl – a baby with Down syndrome (I’ll call her “C”); the family didn’t know about the extra chromosome in advance. A few years ago, I would probably have thought, “Oh, that’s too bad. I’ll pray for them.” Instead, […]

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A Special Needs Mom’s Heartache: Not What You Expect

March 1, 2012

I know that when some people look at my family, they see heartache. They see struggles. They think to themselves, “Thank goodness that’s not me.” They imagine that my life is difficult, that I am sad most of the time, and that I want to escape from the hell that I’m living in because I […]

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Doctor, Heal Thyself

January 26, 2012

I’ve been thinking a lot about the case of Amelia Rivera and how it relates to MaterniT21, the blood test to detect Down syndrome which was released last year. In an age when inclusion has become commonplace, opportunities for people with disabilities are greater than ever before, and modern medicine is improving at an astronomical […]

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So Why Don’t You Want One?

November 17, 2011

On Tuesday morning, Nathan and I went to the grocery store. Typically, we arrive early when there aren’t many shoppers, but I had coffee with friends and showed up later in the morning. Nathan was on a roll. His new thing is waving, so he grinned and waved at every person we came in contact […]

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MaterniT21 ™: The Prenatal Blood Test for Down Syndrome Is Here

October 24, 2011

I spent a lot of time over the past week mulling what I would say about today’s release of MaterniT21 ™, the new prenatal blood test to detect Down syndrome. Ultimately, I decided to say very little at all. The test isn’t bad or good – it merely provides information. What people do with the […]

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