Ishaan

Reshma Stanislaus tells us about her pregnancy with son Ishaan. She describes him as the glue of her family who is doted on by his older siblings.

She tells us “He is a very cheerful and generally, happy baby… stereotypes about people with DS aside (that they’re always happy)… but he really IS always ready with a smile.

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Sophie

After a textbook pregnancy, and a labour which followed my birth plan pretty perfectly, Sophie made her grand entrance into the world. But she didn’t cry, and she was struggling to breathe, so they asked to take her away and give her some help on the resuscitation trolley outside. When they brought her back in a few moments later, breathing well and all wrapped up, they gave her to her Dad and told us she was fine, she had just needed a little help, and the paediatrician would be in to talk to us soon. As Sophie was our first baby, and she had needed a little helping start, I thought this was normal, but her Dad looked at her, and looked at me and said “I think she has Down’s”. I told him not to be stupid, I was 31, our “risk” (what an awful term) had been 1:4000+, but minutes later the paediatrician arrived and confirmed that they suspected Sophie had Trisomy 21. We were extremely lucky in that he seemed well informed on the subject. He told us that some children with Down syndrome may sit, stand and walk, along with their typical peers, that some children attend mainstream school and others attend schools for children with special needs, and that some can live independently and others may not leave home. He was congratulatory and urged us to get to know Sophie, and everything she was. Read More…

Jack

The day after the 14 week scan, which fell on a Thursday, we received a phone call from the Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton, saying that our scan had presented – and I forget the exact wording here – a 1-in-3 chance of baby having Down syndrome. The link midwife (for diagnoses of chromosomal abnormalities and the like) wanted to invite us for a scan with fetal medicine on the Monday morning. We had a brief phone conversation and she was both extremely helpful and informative. Read More…

Jack

For 6 years Richard and I had been trying for a baby. Our first IVF attempt was a success but we sadly lost that little one at 9 weeks into the pregnancy. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts, I found I was carrying twins, we were ecstatic at this news and I was determined we were going to go full term (37 weeks for twins) and all would be ok. Read More…

Ella

When Ella was born, we were told soon after her birth that she has Down’s Syndrome. Our world was knocked completely off kilter and we found ourselves grieving for the child we had imagined we would have, a child who didn’t actually exist but whom we had already fallen in love with and had dreams and aspirations for.

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Lily

In May 2015 my husband James, who was 32 and I who was 28, were absolutely over joyed to discover we had conceived on our honeymoon. At our 12 weeks scan we saw our beautiful baby for the first time and it was all I ever imagined it to be; until the sonographer ended the scan and informed us that due to my blood test results combined with the measurements of the babies neck we had a 1 in 99 “risk” of our baby having down syndrome. We were taken to a small room to talk with a midwife who told us about invasive tests offered by the NHS which would give us a more definite answer. She also informed us of a very quick and simple non invasive test called a Serenity Test, which involved another scan and blood sample. We weren’t too worried as we didn’t see 1 in 99 as bad odds but decided we wanted to know to take away the worry, and could also find out the sex of the baby, so arranged for the Serenity Test.

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Lois

At the time I discovered my pregnancy, I had just turned 42 although I felt I was 25 still, I had a 13 year old daughter from a previous marriage, a good well paid job, I was fit, running 25 miles a week and training for the Cardiff half marathon. I was in a relatively new relationship which I had realised was not for me after a weekend away to Cornwall.

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