This year we’re celebrating Mother’s Day by sharing stories from moms who have used Down Syndrome Pregnancy and the BabyCenter Down Syndrome Pregnancy board over the years, and we’ve also launched a 2013 Mother’s Day campaign to distribute copies of “Diagnosis to Delivery: A Pregnant Mother’s Guide to Down Syndrome” to prenatal genetic counselors nationwide.
We hope these stories will uplift and inspire you and let you know that you are not alone.
At 18 weeks pregnant, my husband, Greg, and I were so excited to head to University of Michigan Hospital for our ultrasound and find out if we were having a boy or a girl!
We found out after a long ultrasound that we were expecting a sweet baby girl. What we didn’t expect to find out was that we had a high probability of having a baby with Down syndrome. We met with a genetic counselor and ended up having an amnio the very same day to confirm the diagnosis. We saw enough markers on the ultrasound to expect the positive amnio result we received 48 hours later.
I did a lot of online research and was eventually directed to the Down Syndrome Pregnancy board from BabyCenter.com. What a lifesaver for me! I had finally found a group of women who actually understood (and didn’t judge!) all of the feelings I had going through my mind.
Through that board I found tons of pregnancy resources, Down syndrome resources, and support from a lot of amazing women. It’s so nice to have a great group of supportive people to walk this journey with. I went from feeling totally alone in my pregnancy (even with a very supportive husband by my side) to feeling encouraged, supported and uplifted.
Today our beautiful daughter is 15 months old with the sunniest, sassiest, and sweetest disposition, and she totally rocks her extra chromosome. I shudder to imagine how my mental state would’ve fared without the resources from BabyCenter and DownSyndromePregnancy.org. Luckily, now we are able to see how we needed Lauren to complete our family … however she happened to arrive in our lives and however many chromosomes she arrived with.
We are blessed!
We’d love to hear more stories from other moms, so please share in the comments or send your story/photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.