Testing for Down Syndrome
From Kathleen Fergus, former About.com Guide
Risk Factors For Down Syndrome
Maternal age has long been associated with an increased chance for a baby to have Down syndrome. Other factors may also mean that your chances of having a baby with Down syndrome are increased. Knowing about these factors may help you better understand testing your doctor may recommend or that you should consider asking for.
Testing During Pregnancy
Down syndrome is diagnosed one of two ways, either during pregnancy or shortly after birth. There are many different testing options available to diagnose Down syndrome during pregnancy. But before you can make a decision about what type of prenatal testing (if any) you want to have, it is important to have all the facts about your options.
- What Is a Screening Test?
- Prenatal Testing Options
- What to Consider When Deciding About Prenatal Testing
Testing at Birth
It can be shocking to hear that your healthcare provider suspects that your child may have Down syndrome. You may wonder what features made your doctor suspect this and what tests can be done to confirm the diagnosis once your little one has arrived.