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Comment & Response
August 2017

Prenatally Diagnosed Trisomy 21

Author Affiliations
  • 1Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Neonatology, Charleston
JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(8):812. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.1595

To the Editor In the article, “Reflections on a Prenatal Diagnosis of Trisomy 21 Syndrome,” Davis recounts her own emotional and logical transition from “physician” to “mother.”1 Her brave, and likely therapeutic, recollection of her past 2 years is a moving tale that many modern female physicians have shared. Professional women, especially those in medicine, are having children later in life and have a higher incidence of pregnancy complications.2 As such, invasive procedures are becoming relics of the past compared with noninvasive cell-free DNA analysis. While this piece of knowledge can be both a blessing and a curse, Davis sheds light on an entire group of women physicians who, by default of an advanced age of maternity, have received some spectrum of similar pregnancy news.