For the New or Expectant Parent
Congratulations on your new baby! We know that when a new parent or parent-to-be receives a diagnosis of Down syndrome, it is often difficult to hear such unexpected news. We understand that expectant parents experience a wide range of emotions that may include shock, dismay, guilt, fear and anger and that this diagnosis may have never entered your mind when you set out to start a family. These emotions are perfectly normal.
At the Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio, we know you can be easily overwhelmed by the new challenges you are facing. You may be searching the internet and other available resources to gather all the information you can about Down syndrome and the growth and development of your child. Fact gathering in itself can become quite a task. In fact, a search for "Down syndrome" on Google alone will yield over 9 million search results. Part of our job is to pull together quality information from trusted and credible sources to help you in your search for knowledge and answers to your many questions.
We offer you the opportunity to speak with professionals as well as experienced parents who can answer your many questions and provide a realistic picture of raising children with Down syndrome. Our staff, parents and members will answer your questions honestly and do their best to share the joys and challenges they have faced in their own personal journeys.
We have information we can make available to you immediately either by mail or you are welcome to stop in our office any time. We are also more than happy to connect you with a Down Syndrome New Parent Mentor who can meet with you in your home, at the hospital, at a coffee shop—wherever you like—to share their knowledge and offer support. Wherever you find yourself at this moment, please know we care and we want to help meet your needs.
Please call us at 614-263-6020 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or inquiries. We are here to help and to help you share in the joy of having a beautiful new baby boy or girl!
Here are some resources that we believe you will find very helpful:
- National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Down Syndrome Resources
- A Promising Future Together: A guide for new and expectant parents
- Light at the End of the Tunnel: Reflections from parents whose child with Down syndrome was diagnosed before birth
- Your Baby and Down Syndrome
- Early Intervention Resources
- Down Syndrome Medical Checklist
- Down Syndrome Resources on the Web
- Care Notebook created by the Seattle Children's Hospital
- Global Prenatal Testing Pamphlet
Note: Please contact the Association office for a Spanish version of the New Parent Packet.