Hello

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Registered: 09-15-2005
Hello
 6 Mon, 01-29-2007 - 1:46pm

Hi there,
Does anybody have any information on the risks/statistics with having a baby over the age of 40? How about Downs Syndrome does anyone have any information on that?

Sorry Im new and I just blurted out the questions. If anyone has any info on anything they'd like to share I would so appreciate it. Thank You.

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Registered: 11-04-2006
 In reply to: heidi1071 Hello Tue, 01-30-2007 - 2:23pm

Hi, welcome! I don't have the info in my head but I bet if you go to the March of Dimes website, they will have plenty on Down Syndrome.

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Registered: 11-25-2005
 In reply to: heidi1071 Hello Tue, 01-30-2007 - 3:00pm

At 40 it is just under 1 % chance for Down syndrome (Trisomy 21). 1 in 119 births to be exact.

Lee

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Registered: 10-14-2003
 In reply to: heidi1071 Hello Wed, 01-31-2007 - 8:25am

How Scary ARE Those Down's Syndrome Statistics?
With special thanks to my good friend Jillian from FertilityFriend.com:

Jillian wrote: Here are some statistics that I found on Down's Syndrome and maternal age. Personally I find the statistics we get somewhat confusing. So I translated them into percentages. I think it is all too easy to think of 1-80 as 1-80%, but it is not. 1-80 translates to 1.25 % for DS, or 98.75% chance of a normal child.

So here is a table I made:

Maternal age as a risk factor for occurrence of Down Syndrome

Age (years).......Stats......Percentage DS........Percentage Normal
36.................... 1/200.......0.5% DS................... or 99.5% normal
37.....................1/150.......0.666667%DS..........or 99.333333% normal
38.....................1/120.......0.833333% DS.........or 99.166667% normal
39.....................1/100.......1%DS.........................or 99% normal
40.....................1/75 ........1.33333%DS.............or 98.66667 % normal
41.....................1/60........1.66667%DS..............or 98.33333 % normal
42.....................1/45........2.22222%DS.............or 97.77778 % normal
43.....................1/35 ........2.85714% DS............or 97.14286 % normal
44.....................1/30........3.33333% DS............or 96.66667 % normal
45 & Older.........1/20........5% DS ......................or 95% normal

This is from: http://udaan.org/downsynd/downgene.html

What I get from that is that the chances of having a baby with Down's Syndrome does not go up as drastically as I had originally thought. The one in whatever numbers makes things look very bad for us. When I translated them however to percentages they look a lot better. We have a better chance of having a baby without Down's Syndrome. If I had an illness and was told I had a 95% chance of getting better, I would not plan my funeral. Would you?

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Registered: 11-04-2006
 In reply to: heidi1071 Hello Wed, 01-31-2007 - 4:08pm

"If I had an illness and was told I had a 95% chance of getting better, I would not plan my funeral. Would you?"

Beautifully put.

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Registered: 09-15-2005
 In reply to: heidi1071 Hello Wed, 01-31-2007 - 4:10pm

Thank you everyone for your replies - I appreciate everything you posted for me. You all make very good sense and also make me feel a lot better about my situation.

I hope to post here often and get to know you all.

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Registered: 11-04-2006
 In reply to: heidi1071 Hello Wed, 01-31-2007 - 4:17pm

No time like the present!

Tell us as much as you feel like about yourself, besides that you are 40.