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If I do not have a family history of down's, is my baby at risk for the disease?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: 1/590 births

As above the rate of ds births are lowest in the early 20's at about 1/2000 with a gradual increase in risks that hit 1/100 at 40.
There is always a baseline risk of about 4% of an unexpected outcome with any pregnancy.This must be added to specific age related risk. A visit with a genetic counselor can identify specific risk for any couple.

In brief: 1/590 births

As above the rate of ds births are lowest in the early 20's at about 1/2000 with a gradual increase in risks that hit 1/100 at 40.
There is always a baseline risk of about 4% of an unexpected outcome with any pregnancy.This must be added to specific age related risk. A visit with a genetic counselor can identify specific risk for any couple.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Mother's age

The risk for having a child with Down syndrome is related to maternal age, more than family history.

In brief: Mother's age

The risk for having a child with Down syndrome is related to maternal age, more than family history.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Risk of down's syndrome depends on the mother's age.
The older a woman is the higher her risk for down's syndrome. Even young women can have a baby with down's syndrome; their risk is very low however. Similarly an older woman can have a normal baby; their risk for down's syndrome is higher.

In brief: Yes

Risk of down's syndrome depends on the mother's age.
The older a woman is the higher her risk for down's syndrome. Even young women can have a baby with down's syndrome; their risk is very low however. Similarly an older woman can have a normal baby; their risk for down's syndrome is higher.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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