We at RMDSA would like for you to know that you are not alone. Many of us are parents who also received a prenatal
diagnosis of Down syndrome and we truly understand how difficult it is to hear that unexpected news. We are a safe place
to turn to with your questions and you are invited to share your feelings with people here who understand. We pledge to
you that we will reach out to you with compassion and great care. We will not judge. We provide accurate, up-to-date, and
There is no right or wrong way to react to a prenatal diagnosis. We all have our distinctive situations and come from unique
life experiences. The thing that we all have in common, however, is that we all have hopes and dreams for our children.
That extra 21st chromosome just usually isn’t part of the plan as we set out to start our families.
“When we got our prenatal diagnosis, it felt scary at first. There
were so many unknowns. RMDSA helped us so much by introducing
us to a parent volunteer who introduced us to her family. It helped
so much to meet them and see their family interact. It helped us
learn that life would feel normal again, no matter how many
chromosomes our baby had! Now I know that having a child with
Down syndrome is just like having a life with any child. There are
joys and challenges. Some days things feel a little more challenging,
but it just makes us enjoy the celebrations even more. Life is so
much better with our daughter and she is the light of our lives!”
Some expectant parents experience intense emotions at first: shock, dismay, fear, anger, sadness, and grief. Please know
that such emotions are a perfectly normal response. Many expectant parents enter a time of decision-making. We offer to
you the opportunity to speak with experienced parents who can answer your questions and provide a realistic picture of
raising a child with Down syndrome. We will answer your questions honestly and do our best to describe the joys and
challenges we have experienced in our own personal journeys.
Some expectant parents consider adoption as an option. Many are encouraged to learn that there is actually a national
waiting list of families wishing to adopt a baby with Down syndrome. If you would like adoption resources, we can provide
those to you.
Other expectant parents are surprised and sad at first, but they make plans to welcome the baby into their lives. They
gather as much information as they can and become determined to make adjustments during the pregnancy so that the
birth will be a joyous occasion. Some are able to let go of their initial dreams and create new dreams for their child before
the child arrives.
We have excellent information kits available to you. We are also available to visit on the phone, in person, or by email.
Please call us at 303.797.1699
to get connected. Wherever you find yourself this moment, please know that we care and we
will do our best to meet your needs for information and support.
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