Dear Future Mom: World Down Syndrome Day – March 21st

A father shares honestly about his struggles to accept and love his baby girl with down syndrome:  “3/21 is significant because Down Syndrome is the 3rd replication of the 21st chromosome.”

Sad to read these stats on wikipedia: “About 92% of pregnancies in the United Kingdom and Europe with a diagnosis of Down syndrome are terminated.[5] In the United States termination rates are around 67%; however this varies significantly depending upon the population looked at.[4] When non pregnant people are asked if they would have a termination if their fetus tested positive 23–33% said yes, when high risk pregnant women were asked 46–86% said yes, and when women who screen positive are asked 89–97% say yes.[70]” 

I was wondering why there seem to be a high number of children with Down Syndrome in Oman.  One of the reasons may be that Omanis, because of their religious beliefs, don’t believe in murdering the children that have been given to them as a blessing by God!

3 responses to “Dear Future Mom: World Down Syndrome Day – March 21st

  1. Do you know the stats for Oman?

  2. interested to know how they treat them once they are born?

  3. caroline maxfield

    Very beautiful Andy… Thanks for sharing

    On Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 10:52 PM, Andy in Oman

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