• genetic counselling Frieda Prenatal Screening Tests for Down Syndrome

    Should I have prenatal screening tests done for chromosomal abnormalities? Which ones? What would I do if that test revealed a high risk pregnancy? Frieda Loubser was the first genetic counsellor to complete her Masters in Genetic Counselling and internship training at the University of Cape Town.  She worked in the public sector (Groote Schuur […]

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  • Carol and Katelyn 1 Down Syndrome – Meet Carol and Katelyn

    Our final mom's story in this blog series on Down Syndrome (although still a few more posts to come), this is Carol and Katelyn who live in our area in Cape Town. Carol is wife to Simon and mother to Katelyn (who has Down Syndrome) and Jess. For those on our Online Antenatal Class, I want [...] Continue Reading
  • DS Hannah family Life and Love with Down Syndrome

     Part 3: The celebration of life and love We rejoiced every week that we had good ultrasounds and that my pregnancy progressed. We were prepared for anything. We had to live in the realistic present but we chose to celebrate the life and love that this foetus represented. Our prenatal care had been transferred to […]

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  • Down Syndrome Karen2 Beyond the Diagnosis of Down Syndrome

    Part 2: A journey beyond the diagnosis: reclaiming the joy of pregnancy Is there life and joy and hope beyond the diagnosis of Down Syndrome? After we had been given a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome at 13 weeks in my pregnancy, my weeks became filled with close monitoring and regular ultrasounds. The periontologists performed […]

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  • Down Syndrome Karen Introducing Karen and Hannah

    I hope you’ve enjoyed the first two posts in our blog series on Down Syndrome. Before I introduce you to Karen and Hannah, if you missed the previous posts you can read them here: Sam’s story Chantelle’s  (genetic counsellor) perspective Now it’s Karen and Hannah’s turn! I am genuinely struck by how difficult the task […]

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