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Part 1 Genetic Testing

Our advances in genetics have opened the door to improvements in the quality of life for many children, and have also initiated many debates on the ethical and moral considerations of genetic testing and intervention.  In this discussion, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate a foundational knowledge of a child's developmental continuum from conception by addressing one of these debates for your original post.

Identify two genetic tests routinely offered to women during their pregnancy.  Citing at least one of these or other scholarly resources of information, describe at least two benefits and two risks of each procedure.  In your opinion, do the benefits of these procedures outweigh the risks posed to either the mother or fetus?  Why or why not?  Apply this information by choosing one of the scenarios below and address the specific issues presented backing up your opinions with reference from your sources:

Then, address one of the following scenarios:

Scenario A:  Sarah and Tony are expecting their first child.  When the doctor asks the couple if they are interested in having an invasive genetic test done, Sarah says, “yes”, but Tony is more hesitant and would prefer not to take the risk.  What is the father’s role in this decision, considering the historical and contextual role of fathers in making decisions regarding pregnancy?  What other issues, including family history, financial constraints, or ethics/morals, play in the decision of whether or not these parents should receive genetic testing? 

Scenario B: Kerry and Greg just found out that they are expecting a baby.  Greg knows that there is a family history of sickle cell mutation, and is worried.  When their doctor announces a brand new experimental procedure to intervene while the fetus is in utero and correct the mutation, Greg is very excited.  Kerry, however, is concerned about the risks and what it would mean to alter the genetics of their unborn child. Provide an argument either for or against intervening with genetic development prior to birth in order to prevent developmental, learning/cognitive, or physical disabilities.  What about altering things like hair or eye color, sex, or cosmetic issues (like missing or deformed limbs)?  At what point do we draw the line between improving the quality of life and incorporating unnecessary risk in the quest for perfection?

Part 2 Postpartum Depression Letter

For this discussion, you will write a letter responding to the “Dear Ashford Expert” letter below.  This letter should be unique and personalized yet scholarly in its approach, using academic information to support your opinions and suggestions.

Dear Ashford Expert,
Help!  My best friend had a beautiful baby girl 6 weeks ago, and while I think that this should be a happy time for her, she doesn’t seem to be enjoying it at all.  When I visited the other day, she was wearing pajamas that looked (and smelled) like she’d been wearing them for days.  She kept joking that she’s “no good at the mom thing” yet, and would try to laugh it off, but I’m worried!  She isn’t interested in going out to shop for cute baby clothes, even though I offered to buy, and she says that she’s not ready to come to our “moms group” which meets just once a month for a few hours because she says that she doesn’t want to burden her husband.  What gives?  How can I help her get out of this funk?  Should I be worried about her or her little girl?
--Flustered Friend

Your response should answer the questions asked by “Flustered Friend” and include the following:

  • What is Postpartum Depression? 

  • Analyze and comment on at least one of the following major themes: Health and Well-Being, Family and Parenting, Education, Culture, or Gender, as factors influencing the developmental (physical, cognitive and psychosocial) outcomes for the mother, father/partner, and infant.

  • How can Postpartum Depression influence the short- and long-term development of the infant? Be sure to address the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial domains of development.

  • Provide at least one local and one wide-ranging (i.e. internet or phone) resource that someone with Postpartum Depression, or someone with a loved one suffering from Postpartum Depression, can access to find more information and/or get help.  Include all relevant information on how to contact each resource.

After the letter, this post should include citations in APA format

Part 3 Children Having Children

Hannah: Homecoming Queen Mother https://secure.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?token=41334&aid=18596&loid=77362&plt=FOD&w=420&h=315&fWidth=440&fHeight=365

In this journal, you will create a 500 word script to address the issue of teen pregnancy.  You will do this by exploring the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial influences on the development of the teen parent(s), family, and, of course, the infant.  You will write a script that you feel captures the essence of teen pregnancy, as if you were providing the script for a public service announcement (PSA) on TV or radio. Unlike a typical written assignment, a PSA is persuasive in nature and speaks directly to the audience, encouraging them to read this information and empower themselves (or others) who need it.  For example, the writing style will look more like this: “Teens, do you know that your chances of graduating high school decrease significantly after having a baby?” It is attention-getting and powerful.

Jeremy & Aliki: Teen Parents https://secure.films.com/OnDemandEmbed.aspx?token=41334&aid=18596&loid=77363&plt=FOD&w=420&h=315&fWidth=440&fHeight=365

Your script should address the following:

  • At least one current statistic on teen pregnancy (within the last 3 years).

  • The effect of teen fathers on the pregnancy, teen mother’s development, and infant development.

  • Analyze how at least 1 of the major themes of development (Health and Well-Being, Family and Parenting, Education, Culture, or Gender) positively and negatively influences the physical, cognitive and psychosocial outcomes for the children of teen parents.

  • Analyze how at least 1 of the major themes of development (Health and Well-Being, Family and Parenting, Education, Culture, or Gender) positively and negatively influences the physical, cognitive and psychosocial outcomes for the teen parents.

  • At least one local and one wide-ranging (i.e. internet or phone) resource from which teens, their friends, or their parents can get more information or assistance regarding teen pregnancy.

You must cite all of your sources (including the video embedded above) in proper APA style.  If you are unsure how to create an APA style reference page, please visit the Ashford Writing Center website. Aside from the website on which you took you quiz, you are to find one scholarly resource through the Ashford Library website to help support your reflections.

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