Posters and leaflets dispelling common myths and setting out facts about Down’s syndrome are often created wonderfully by charities to distribute to new families. So rather than reinventing the wheel, I thought I’d highlight a few quotes that have been said to me over the years, think about the subtext behind them and use them as a springboard for explanation of the realities.
“It’s your old eggs you know.” (Myth: Babies with DS are born to older mothers)
The likelihood of having a baby with Down’s Syndrome increases with age, but more babies are born with the condition to mothers under 35 simply because more babies are born to that group of women.
I know 2 wonderful mothers who had their children with DS in their teens and Down’s Syndrome occurs in all cutlures, races and social groups.