Thursday, October 07, 2004

Amnio No

I tell my husband I want to turn down the medical pleas to do an AFP blood test and amniocentesis. I explain the amniocentesis (which sounds like a yucky process if you ask me and carries some risk itself), and I explain why they do it. I tell him that for one thing, 3 out of 1000 births with a mom at age 35 result in a child with Down Syndrome.

"What would we do with a baby with Down Syndrome?" I ask him. He stares at me, then blinks nonplussed and shrugs one shoulder slightly. "Love it," he says.

This is what I expect him to say. If my husband is anything, he is predictable. I love him fiercely.

No amniocentesis.

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