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I am convinced that there are decisions in life that do not and should not depend on consultation or other people's opinions. There are decisions in life that only depend on oneself or two, at most. That is the case of a mother who decides to undergo the diagnosis of amniocentesis.
I think that who chooses to take this test is because they consider the possibility of terminating their pregnancy in case it tests positive, how do you see it?
I have a friend who had her three children after she was 30 years old. During the first pregnancy, the doctor did not suggest that she make the diagnosis of amniocentesis, but in the second and third she did. Do you know what she said to the doctor? She told her that she did not want to do it, that her baby be born as it was born, with or without chromosomal congenital defects as is the case with babies with Down syndrome, that she would never interrupt her pregnancy. That he would be a desired and loved child like the others. And I thought: 'What a pair of noses this woman has! What strength and determination!'
The possibility of having an amniocentesis is generally offered to pregnant women over 35 years old, who in previous tests have tested positive for genetic or chromosomal birth defects, or certain malformations in their future baby. Normally, it is also indicated to women with risk pregnancies. According to statistics, one in 400 children born to mothers who are over 35 years of age, has Down syndrome. And when the woman reaches the age of 40, this figure increases to one in every 100 babies.
In the event that the amniocentesis test was positive, what would you do? I recognize that this is a very delicate issue because putting one in the other's shoes is very difficult. I wonder what parents really consider when deciding on abortion. Do you feel pressured in any way by the family, by society in a general way ...? Or it may be that they feel unable to support a child with Down syndrome, for example.
And those who decide to continue with the pregnancy, even knowing what awaits them? According to the results of an investigation carried out by Kansas State and Texas Tech University, in which 500 families with children with Down syndrome were studied, over time the stage of sadness, fear, anger and helplessness they feel, it becomes another stage of joy and resilience, that is, the power of recovery in the face of difficulties. And what do you think?
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