World Down Syndrome Day 2016

March 21, 2016 marked the 11th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day!! Down syndrome is an extremely common genetic condition, which occurs in approximately 1 in 700 births. Down syndrome occurs when a baby inherits an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. To celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, Desert Perinatal Associates would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our families who have a child with Down syndrome and let them share their story. We would like to give a HUGE Thank you to the amazing Housewright family for sharing your story!! Evelyn Housewright tells us in her own words what World Down Syndrome Day means to her and her family! "Six years ago, I was a … [Read more...]

Trisomy Awareness Month

March is Trisomy Awareness month so we wanted to pass along a little information to help you understand it better.  Testing for the most common types of Trisomies can be done as early as 10 weeks. What does “Tri” mean?  Think tripod, or triathlon, or tricycle.  “Tri” is a prefix that means “three”.  So, what is a “trisomy?”  “Trisomy” is a term that refers to a chromosomal condition where the body’s cells have a 3rd copy of a particular chromosome.  Our DNA is packaged into chromosomes, which are small structures in each of our body’s cells.  The usual number of chromosomes in each cell is 46, and the chromosomes come in pairs.  So, each of our cells normally has 23 pairs of … [Read more...]