It was 5 weeks ago today that we found out that our sweet Baby Smithwick had passed away at 10 weeks gestation. On Tuesday, we received the news we have been anxiously waiting for since that awful day - why it happened.
Our baby tested positive for a chromosomal disorder called Trisomy 21 - otherwise known as Down syndrome. A child with Trisomy 21 has three copies of chromosome 21 — instead of the usual two copies — in all of his or her cells. This form of Down syndrome is caused by abnormal cell division during the development of the sperm cell or the egg cell. Down syndrome can be a cause of miscarriage and stillbirth. It is estimated that as many as 80% of babies conceived with Trisomy 21 are miscarried or stillborn, and Trisomy 21 may cause as many as 2% of all miscarriages and 1% of all stillbirths.
We were told that having another child with Down syndrome is about a 1 in 100 chance. And parents who have conceived a child with Down syndrome have a 1% increased risk of conceiving another child with Down syndrome.But, that it doesn't increase our risk for another miscarriage.
At this time, Fred and I do not have to go for genetic testing and were given the "go ahead" to start trying again. When we do get pregnant again, we have been encouraged to do the testing on our baby to find out whether or not it has Down syndrome.
We also found out that our precious angel was a girl. We decided to name her Lauren Elise Smithwick.
We know that Lauren is in Heaven with her two great-grandmothers and that she is perfect. We miss her daily and she will always be loved!