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Antenatal care implications of population-based trends in Down syndrome birth rates

Michael D Coory
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (9): 543-544.
Published online: 5 November 2007

In reply: The aim of our article was to assess trends in Down syndrome births by rurality and type of antenatal care provider.1 Whether to have prenatal screening is a decision for expectant parents. It has been argued that the availability of screening for Down syndrome means that expectant parents are confronted with unprecedented ethical dilemmas and responsibilities.2 However, the available evidence shows that expectant parents do not take decisions about Down syndrome screening lightly and, in particular, do not take the implications of a positive result lightly.3

  • Michael D Coory

  • Epidemiology Services Unit, Queensland Health, Brisbane, QLD.


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