"You have a decision to make."
Those were the first words Stephanie's obstetrician said to her and her husband after they had just sat down in the doctor's surgery.
"We looked at him and asked, 'What are you talking about?' Stephanie Rodden told Mamamia, recalling that her doctor hadn't even uttered the words hello yet.
"Your baby’s got a high chance of Trisomy 21... Down Syndrome," he said.
For Stephanie, who thought she was simply having a routine 12-week scan, the diagnosis came as a complete surprise.
"My husband and I were glancing at one another and I was thinking to myself, 'What's Down Syndrome? Who do I know with Down Syndrome?'"
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Stephanie, 47, and her husband were given a timeline of how many weeks they had to make a decision if they wanted to terminate. Her doctor also suggested an amniocentesis, a medical procedure used to test for Down syndrome or other chromosome conditions which "may slightly increase the overall risk of miscarriage".
Stephanie, who had conceived her son through IVF, refused to take the risk and knew right then and there sitting in the doctor's surgery she was going to keep her baby.
"I knew straight away that we were going to keep him, there was no doubt in my mind and it didn't matter about having diagnostic testing because whatever the outcome was, we were going to be proceeding with the pregnancy."
But while her mind was made up, she was still trying to process the news.
"We walked out of the [doctor’s] room and I burst into tears in the reception."
"I remember sitting in the car with my husband afterwards and we were just crying and we were like, it's going to be okay, we'll get some help, we'll find other people."
But the pair, who were already parents to a son, walked out of the appointment without receiving any support, aside from a mention of Down Syndrome NSW and a number for a psychologist who didn’t end up providing help.
Turning to family and friends, they got a mixed reaction.