On November 18 2009 at 4:02 am William Alan Bartosch was joyfully welcomed into our family. He weighed in at 7 lbs 9 oz and 20 in long. We were stunned to discover that he was born with Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome. We love him unconditionally from the top of his toe-head to the tips of his toes. We know that this diagnosis will not define him. He is a happy, healthy little boy that just happens to have an extra chromosome.

Follow us on this unexpected and exciting journey as we learn how to live life Will's Way.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Down Syndrome is Not Only a Concern for Older Women

While the likelihood of giving birth to a child with Down syndrome increases with the mother's age, 80% of babies born with Down syndrome are born to women UNDER 35 years of age.  This is simply because younger women have more babies, but also because many women that test for Ds with TripleScreen because they are considered high risk, end the pregnancy because of the diagnosis.  So although women are not considered high risk for Ds or other disorders until after that age there is still a risk.  In fact most of the women and families in our support group are my age (33) or younger!

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