Bonnie Baty, PhD, Genetic Counselor at the University of Utah, in collaboration with SOFT, created the first, and still only, charts with growth curves for infants and children with trisomy 18 and 13. Children’s standardized growth charts are separate for boys and girls. The SOFT charts are a combination of both male and female growth.…

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Care of the Infant and Child with Trisomy 18 or Trisomy 13 was written for parents who are expecting, living with or remembering a child affected with these disorders. The greater portion of text covers problems and management of care of the live born infant and living child.  It has been continually updated as new…

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For parents of infants newly diagnosed with Trisomy 18 or 13 The Need for Information at Diagnosis For parents facing decision-making following a prenatal diagnosis or diagnosis following the birth of a son or daughter with trisomy 18 or trisomy 13, information is essential, if informed decisions are to be made. Parents are being asked…

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Workshop Presentation From the 2011 SOFT Conference in Chicago Introduction: My name is Maraline Mattke and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. That means I have a Masters Degree and special training to help people deal with their individual situations and life challenges. Many times I have been humbled by the magnitude of the…

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A brief description of Pediatric Palliative Care, Perinatal Palliative Care and Pediatric Hospice Care Pediatric Palliative Care  Palliative Care is often recommended for newborns with trisomy 18 or 13 who are able to be discharged from the hospital to home. Palliative care focuses on patient comfort but also allows interventions such as therapies, treatments and…

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Medicaid Waiver, SCHIP, SSI, Katie Beckett, TEFRA, etc. Medicaid Waivers Waivers are programs that states can use to test new or existing ways to deliver and pay for health care services in Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).  These vary from state to state. Information about these waivers and SCHIP can be…

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PROFESSIONAL VIEWPOINT:  Journal Club All of us at SOFT and the trisomy 18 community worldwide were saddened by the news of the two hospitalizations of Bella Santorum, daughter of Republican Presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, that appeared in various media sources in 2012.  Most of these stories mentioned or made reference to trisomy 18.  One of…

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