There is a high risk your baby has Down Syndrome”
“There is a high chance your baby has Down Syndrome”
“The language used during scans can have a powerful emotional impact on the parents.” “It can influence how they respond to the news, and any decisions they make regarding how to move forward.” — Dr Judith Johnson
Breaking bad news”
“Sharing unexpected news”
When unexpected news is shared, the choice of language will influence how a person hears, understands and processes it. The first moment Down Syndrome is mentioned will often stay with a parent for the rest of their lives, so it needs to be non-judgmental, accurate and fairly balanced.
What is Down Syndrome?
Down Syndrome is a chromosomal condition that occurs when the egg and sperm meet. Each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, in Down Syndrome, chromosome number 21 sticks on the very first divide at the very, very beginning, it then divides in threes. It is not a disease or an illness, it is a condition or syndrome.