I have a genetic abnormality called a translocation. It affects my chromosomes 21 and 14 and is asymptomatic but causes me to be a "carrier" for Downs Syndrome. At 26 years old, I have a 30% chance of having a child with Downs Syndrome.
My father also has the translocation and passed it on to my brother and I. My brother and his wife have had 2 children with Downs Syndrome, the first was born when they were in their early 20s and placed in adoption. We had no incidence of Downs Syndrome prior to this in our family. When my nephew was also born with Downs Syndrome, everyone in the family got genetic testing.
2 months ago, I had a healthy baby girl who does not have Downs and does not possess this translocation either. I do want to have more children and I know I will have to face this again in the future. I am interested in finding other people who have experience with this (and all the prenatal testing that goes along with it). Are there other people out there with this in their families?
Edited by MamaHavoc - 11/27/11 at 8:10pm