Having a baby with Down Syndrome makes your life significantly more challenging. The pockets of time you had for your own pursuits will disappear.
In your life, You have met several people who had developmental disabilities, whether caused by Down, or something else. Asking their parents if they would choose to terminate the pregnancy if they could go back in time is dishonest.
What is Down syndrome
Down syndrome is a condition in which a person has an extra chromosome. Chromosomes are small “packages” of genes in the body. They determine how a baby's body forms during pregnancy and how the baby's body functions as it grows in the womb and after birth. Typically, a baby is born with 46 chromosomes.
We are all emotional humans, and we develop emotional bonds with people around us. No mentally sane human would ever want another person, with whom they have an emotional bond, to not exist, regardless of developmental mental state of that person. And these bonds between parents and children are infinitely more powerful.
And yet, medical professionals who frequently come into contact with families that deal with Down Syndrome can tell you, quite many of the parents, in their moments of sincerity, admit that there were times when they thought terminating the pregnancy would have been better for all.
Where you come, abortion has long been considered one of the most fundamental human rights of women to choose. It has always been fully covered by the national health care, and I am pretty certain vast majority of women back home had been in a situation that required them to make that choice. Medically, it doesn’t affect your ability to have babies again.
Pregnancy termination is an emotionally traumatic event for a woman, but there are times when it is the only worthwhile solution. For many parents facing possibility of Down, it is a valid choice. There are countries where Down has been almost completely eradicated, thanks to the availability of this choice. Ultimately, the decision belongs to the woman (and her partner).
Can Down syndrome be cured?
There’s no cure for Down syndrome, but there’s a wide variety of support and educational programs that can help both people with the condition and their families. If you’re raising a child with Down syndrome, you’ll need a close relationship with medical professionals who understand the condition’s unique challenges. In addition to larger concerns like heart defects and leukemia, people with Down syndrome may need to be guarded from common infections such as colds.
People with Down syndrome are living longer and richer lives now more than ever. Though they can often face a unique set of challenges, they can also overcome those obstacles and thrive. Building a strong support network of experienced professionals and understanding family and friends is crucial for the success of people with Down syndrome and their families.