What it's like to have Down's syndrome
People with Down's syndrome will have some level of learning disability. This means they'll have a range of abilities.
Some people will be more independent and do things like get a job. Other people might need more regular care.
But, like everyone, people with Down's syndrome have:
- their own personalities
- things they like and dislike
- things that make them who they are
You can also hear from people with Down's syndrome about what's important to them on YouTube
Having a baby with Down's syndrome
In almost all cases, Down's syndrome does not run in families.
Your chance of having a baby with Down's syndrome increases as you get older, but anyone can have a baby with Down's syndrome.
Speak to a GP if you want to find out more. They may be able to refer you to a genetic counsellor.
If you're pregnant you'll be offered a screening test to find out your chance of having a baby with Down’s syndrome.
You can have the test at your dating scan (around 11 to 14 weeks).
If you have a higher chance, you can have further tests.
It's your choice whether or not to have any screening tests.
Find out more about screening: