Not every woman makes the decision to have prenatal testing done in order to find out any genetic abnormalities their baby may be faced with, but many do. Michele Gallerizzo was in the latter camp. At the "advanced maternal age" of 35, Michele's doctor suggested she undergo a nuchal translucency, a special ultrasound, which lets moms know if they're at risk for having a child with a chromosomal problems, such as Down syndrome, and she happily obliged. She was relieved when she learned that everything checked out okay and that her predicted odds of giving birth to a child with Down syndrome were 1:3,800.
So you can imagine her surprise when she learned that she did, in fact, give birth to a child with Down syndrome.
Michele recently talked to The Stir about how she felt, finding out her son Alex's diagnosis; what it's like raising a child with Down syndrome; and how her child's diagnosis has changed her.