About Down's Syndrome : Prenatal Testing

Our position on prenatal testing for Down’s syndrome.

The Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA) would not want to see a world without people who have Down’s syndrome. People who have Down’s syndrome make an enormous contribution to their families, local communities and society in general in all sorts of different ways.

We acknowledge that prenatal testing is a routine part of antenatal care and that it is a matter of individual choice as to whether to have prenatal tests or not.

At the DSA, we are committed to ensuring that all potential parents and professionals are made aware of the joys and challenges of having a child who has Down’s syndrome.

Before and during testing, easily understood and up-to-date information MUST be provided in an unbiased way by well trained professionals concerning:

  • The accuracy of tests and associated risks of further tests;
  • The life prospects of people who have Down’s syndrome;
  • The impact on families;
  • The support available in the community;
  • Broad and non-directive counselling services for those who may need it.

We expect respect and support for parents making choices about antenatal tests and their outcomes – whatever they decide to do.

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