My sister who is 28 just had the triple screen done at 15 weeks 2 days and it's a bit off indicating a small chance for Downs. She had her big U/S and there was nothing abnormal found on the U/S. Dr still wanted her to have amnio so now we wait.
Can you all tell me what are the chances at her age and isn't it a good sign that the u/s didn't show anything?
Please read the other threads here, so many people have so many different stories to tell, and the bottom line seems to show that the statistical chances, ultrasounds, and extra prenatal testing, (even amnios!) show that there isn't a 100% fool proof method that shows exactly what the child will have or not have Down syndrome. Triple Screen tests, in particular, are not very accurate, as mine was a false negative. Tell your sister not to let the Dr. sway her to make any decision except her own, as many Drs. tend to push for the amnio automatically. It's always good to do research and inform yourself about Down syndrome if you're worried. It'll calm the nerves.
Everyone on here that do have children w/ DS (such as myself) can't say more wonderful things about our children and how much joy they've brought to our lives. Whatever may happen with your sister, tell her to keep her head up and not worry, but rather stay hopeful. And Good luck!
Good news.. there are 15 physical markers on an ultrasound that indicate downs. And unlike what most people would say.. age isn't that big of a factor - In our group we had about half over 35 and half of us under (including a 17 year old). If your sister didn't have anything show up on the ultrasound that looks promising. However, I know many parents who had totally clean ultrasounds and still had a baby with downs. My daughter only had one sign, a calicification in her left ventricle - something that 5 % of all normal children have, but is still a soft sign of downs. My doctor told me not to worry and supported our decision not to have an amnio. (If I was going to have a child with downs, I would rather wait until I was holding her to deal with it - personal decision and I've seen it work both ways!! - my husband wished he had prepared more - but I liked it the way it happened) On the other hand, I've known many whose ultrasound looked suspisious and it turned out perfectly fine. Either way, it's a hard wait! If your sister is really worried, she can locate a local down's sydrome group and talk to a new parent mentor. The possiblility of having a child with down's can be scary and overwhelming - but I can't imagine mine any different. She is such a blessing and everyday I thank God for all my children.
Hi, I just wanted to say that 17 1/2 years ago when my son was born, they gave me an ultrasound and didn't detect Down Syndrome either. To answer your age question, I was 21 years old when I had my son. I will however tell you that he was the greatest thing that could have ever happened to me. He makes everyday a new and exciting day. Although his teenage years are a little challenging (just like any other teen), he is involved in many school activities and has many fans.
I wish your sister the best and don't let the doctor sway her decision.