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Unexpected: Parenting, Prenatal Testing, and Down Syndrome

Alison Piepmeier


Unexpected is a feminist meditation on parenthood and disability in an age of genomics. It examines a rich array of cultural narratives about parenting disabled children, particularly those with Down syndrome: published memoirs and excerpts from Alison Piepmeier’s interviews with parents and prospective parents, as well as the pronouncements and implied narratives of bioethicists, cultural critics, and disability advocates. The book splices Piepmeier’s scholarly work with life writing about the experience of being a single parent to a daughter with Down syndrome and her own disabling illness.

Keywords: Down syndrome, motherhood, genomics, disability advocates

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479816637
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479816637.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alison Piepmeier, author