Have you heard there is a new blood test for Down syndrome? Instead of women having to have an amnio performed in order to find out if their unborn baby has Down syndrome, scientists have discovered a simple blood test that can be performed which can accurately detect Down syndrome. I am personally very anti amnio. 1 in 300 women lose their baby after having an amnio. That is why I have declined them the past three pregnancies. I have very VERY mixed feelings about this new test.
First of all, I think it is great that they can now prenatally detect a baby with Down syndrome by doing a simple blood test instead of risking the baby's life by performing an amnio. Many people want to be prepared and informed before they give birth to a special needs baby. That is totally understandable.
My big worry is that the termination rate for babies with Down syndrome is already over 90%. With a safe and simple test being readily available in the near future, I fear that someday there won't be fantastic little babies like Caydence in the world. There isn't enough education given to mothers who are given a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Instead, genetic counselors use scare tactics and paint a worse case scenario for the parents. Which freaks them out. Women should be required to meet with their local Down syndrome organization before choosing to kill their babies.
I feel like our society is getting closer and closer to Hitler's eugenics and creating the "perfect" human by weeding out any babies who have Down syndrome or other genetic conditions. How far is it going to go? Will there be prenatal testing someday for autism? ADHD? Homosexuality? Depression? Anxiety? Asthma? Allergies? I know I'm getting a head of myself. But every baby is perfect in the eyes of God. I think we should just let nature take it's course. I don't think it's up to us to decide whether a baby lives or dies.
On a lighter note... Caydence hair is now long enough to get into a ponytail. It kind of sticks straight out but it's still cute. Here's a few pics :)