Misconception: People who have Down syndrome cannot have children. Reality: It’s true that a person with Down syndrome may have significant challenges in rearing a child. But women who have Down syndrome are fertile and can give birth to children.
Has anyone with Down syndrome had a baby?
A new case of pregnancy in a 29-year-old woman with trisomy 21 is described. She gave birth to a male infant, chromosomally and phenotypically normal, who died the day after delivery due to prematurity.
Can a man with Down syndrome father a child?
While females with Down syndrome are reported to be fertile or subfertile, males are reported to be infertile. To date, there are reports of three pregnancies that were fathered by two male Down syndrome patients (1, 2). We report a case of a nonmosaic Down syndrome male who fathered a normal child.
Can you be smart if you have Down syndrome?
scores for people with Down syndrome vary, with the average cognitive delays being mild to moderate, not severe. In fact, normal intelligence is possible. If a person with Down syndrome has difficulty with hearing, it can be misinterpreted as a problem with understanding.
Can Down syndrome patients reproduce?
Affected individuals rarely reproduce. About 15-30% of females with trisomy 21 are fertile and have up to a 50% risk of having child also affected with trisomy 21. Infertility in males has been attributed to defective spermatogenesis, but ignorance of the sexual act may be one of the contributing factors.
Can you marry someone with Down syndrome?
Two people with Down syndrome can’t be married, or those two people will lose their benefits. If they don’t get married, then the benefits stay intact. This is what we have been working on and will keep working on until we see change.
Why are men with Downs infertile?
Many investigators have addressed the causes of infertility and their studies indicate that the causes may be hormonal deficits, morphological alterations of the gonads, abnormal spermatogenesis, psychological and social factors related to the mental retardation.
Why parents that do not have Down syndrome can have a child with Down syndrome?
The parent doesn’t have Down syndrome because they have the right number of genes, but their child may have what’s called “translocation Down syndrome.” Not everyone with translocation Down syndrome gets it from their parents — it may also happen by chance.
What is it like to have a child with Down syndrome?
In many important ways, children who have Down syndrome are very much like other children. They have the same moods and emotions, they like to learn new things, play, and enjoy life. You can help your child develop by providing as many chances as possible for him or her to do these things.
How long do people with Down syndrome live?
Today the average lifespan of a person with Down syndrome is approximately 60 years. As recently as 1983, the average lifespan of a person with Down syndrome was 25 years. The dramatic increase to 60 years is largely due to the end of the inhumane practice of institutionalizing people with Down syndrome.