Statewide Medical Training
DSAW's Prenatal Medical Outreach program sets out to provide continuous education to physicians and other healthcare professionals on how to deliver a balanced, unbiased, accurate, up-to-date, and compassionate diagnosis of Down syndrome to new and expectant parents. Recent advancements in prenatal testing without proper outreach have caused the termination rate for fetuses with Down syndrome to skyrocket above 80%. Now, a new test may be coming to the market that only needs a urine sample, similar to a conventional pregnancy test, to tell whether a fetus has Down syndrome. We expect termination rates to continue to climb.
Over the last two years, we have hosted Dr. Brian Skotko, a board-certified medical geneticist and Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, to conduct Grand Rounds at many locations throughout the state: Medical College of Wisconsin (with providers attending from health systems throughout Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha), the University of Wisconsin (Madison), Gunderson Health Clinic (La Crosse), Bellin Health Hospital (Green Bay), and Marshfield Clinic (Marshfield), reaching over 700 medical professionals. While in these communities, Dr. Skotko also talks to new and expectant parents about the latest medical advancements for people with Down syndrome.
Interested in bringing a Grand Rounds training to your community? Contact Dawn: firstname.lastname@example.org.
DSAW also has a vast collection of resources that can help you and your family. Check out resources for new parents, expectant parents, other new parent resources, Wisconsin resources, and national/international resources for more information.