ERIC Number: ED276176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Facts about Down Syndrome for Women over 35.
National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
This booklet presents facts about Down Syndrome for women over 35 years of age. Down Syndrome is one of the most common causes of severe mental retardation. The chances of bearing a child with a genetic defect such as Down Syndrome increase sharply with maternal age (1 in 900 for women aged 30 to 1 in 12 for women aged 48). Answers are provided to the following questions: (1) What is Down Syndrome? (2) How can an infant with Down Syndrome be identified? (3) What is the outlook for a child with Down Syndrome? (4) How retarded will a child with Down Syndrome be? (5) What causes Down Syndrome? (6) Why is Down Syndrome called a genetic defect? (7) What is the likelihood of having a child with Down Syndrome? (8) Why does the risk of having a baby with Down Syndrome increase with the mother's age? (9) What can I do to have a healthy baby? and (10) Does a genetic counselor recommend that you don't have children? (CB)
Descriptors: Congenital Impairments, Downs Syndrome, Females, High Risk Persons, Incidence, Mental Retardation, Middle Aged Adults, Pregnancy
Office of Research Reporting, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20205 (single copy free).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.