A Mom Of Three Adopted A Baby With Down Syndrome. Then She Found Out She Was Expecting Twins

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The babies of older mothers are more likely to be affected by Down syndrome and other genetic conditions, for example. The optimum age to have a child is between 20 and 35, according to a 2009 statement by the British Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RGOC). Women older than this may have a higher chance of encountering extra complications that can make pregnancies high-risk ones, the RGOC has warned.

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Indeed, a woman in her 20s has only a tiny chance of giving birth to a baby with Down syndrome. It’s below 0.1 percent, in fact, but this possibility increases significantly as a woman ages. Data from the National Down Syndrome Society indicates that upon reaching 40, this risk rises to 1 percent; by the age of 49, meanwhile, the odds are as high as one in ten.

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And Down syndrome doesn’t usually run in families, instead occurring randomly at conception. Those children and adults affected have an extra chromosome 21 – either in part or in whole. And as Kecia and her husband Kris Cox, from Murray, Utah, were already parents to two healthy girls, the idea of them having a special-needs baby may originally have been far from their minds.

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