ABC’s first TV host with Down syndrome, Julia Hales, discusses the issue of prenatal check-ups in a new documentary

ABC’s first TV host with Down syndrome, Julia Hales, discusses the issue of prenatal check-ups in a new documentary

ABC's first TV host with Down syndrome, Julia Hales, discusses the issue of prenatal check-ups in a new documentary
Julia Hales, discusses the issue of prenatal check-ups in a new documentary

Julia Hales is a passionate person, and I saw her the moment I met her.

She is an actress from Perth and co-wrote the award-winning drama “You Know We Are Together” at the Perth Music Festival.

Julia Hales and producer Kim Akhurst
Julia Hales and producer Kim Akhurst.(ABC TV)

I heard about Julia through director Chris Kohn, who is working with her to develop a script called “Prenatal Screening”.

This is consistent with the federal government’s consideration of changing prenatal screening to include DNA blood tests in the Medicare benefits plan. This non-invasive prenatal examination makes it easier to find Down syndrome.

ABC's first TV host with Down syndrome, Julia Hales
ABC’s first TV host with Down syndrome, Julia Hales

What does this mean for pregnant women and people with Down syndrome?

I know there are some interesting questions to explore in the ABC story.

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Therefore, I contacted Julia Hales to find out if she was interested in collaborating on this topic and proposing a procedure.

Julia Hales abc first tv host
Julia Hales abc first tv host

I first contacted its producer Simone Flavelle to discuss. Simone and Julia have been working together for 25 years, and Simone has been closely supporting and guiding Julia as an actor since she was 16.

Julia wants to delve into the subject of prenatal care.

She told me that she wanted to talk to a doctor and a woman who terminated a fetus with Down syndrome.

Julia Hales interviews her father Peter
Julia Hales interviews her father Peter

She wants to know how doctors can provide pregnant women with the information needed for babies with “Down syndrome”, “without scaring scar mothers and making them resign.”

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I agree that these will be important interviews, but I am worried about how Julia will deal with the factors that make her survival questionable.

The documentary introduces various perspectives on prenatal care, including women who have decided to terminate their pregnancy and families raising children with Down syndrome.

Julia Hales, discusses the issue of prenatal check-ups in a new documentary
ABC’s first TV host with Down syndrome, Julia Hales, discusses the issue of prenatal check-ups in a new documentary

Julia has worked in this field before and is familiar with the institutionalization of Down syndrome patients in Australia.

Until the late 1980s, parents of babies with Down syndrome were often encouraged to abandon their children and go to the state for care.

Julia Hales ABC first tv host
Julia Hales ABC first tv host

It is often said that this is for the benefit of the child, but also for the greater benefit of the family.

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