Dear Friends and Family,
Hello and I hope this e-mail finds you all well. As you all know, we are expecting our baby on DUE DATE. We have learned that the baby is a BOY or GIRL, and we have named HIM or HER NAME. We are so very excited about this addition to our family. (Add any personalized details you want to share.)
We have recently learned that our sweet baby has Down syndrome (and whatever ancillary issues if any). We learned the results through a genetic test called an AMNIOCENTESIS or CVS, which is virtually 100% accurate (and the testing which revealed the ancillary issues, such as an echocardiogram).
Of course this news has left us overwhelmed. We are still adjusting. If you see us, we may still be showing signs of shock, but we have learned from other parents that we will move away from this time of turmoil to a place of excitement and amazement. One thing we know for sure: we love our baby BOY or GIRL, and we hope you will join us in welcoming HIM or HER.
We know that you must have many questions, and we will try our best to answer, but we have a lot to learn in the next few months about Down syndrome. We have already started to research, and you can look at DownSyndromePregnancy.org for some basic information for friends and family. They even have a booklet just for you, “Your Loved One is Expecting a Baby with Down Syndrome.” Some of the most important things we have learned are that each person with Down syndrome is a unique individual, and that recent advances in medicine, education, and acceptance have greatly improved the lives of people with Down syndrome. More importantly, we have learned that our SON or DAUGHTER will live a rich and rewarding life, and will enrich ours as well.
We know many of you may not know what to say to us when you see us — and we understand. We’re not sure we would have known what to say either. We would appreciate if you could avoid saying, “I’m sorry.” We have heard from other parents that they hear this a lot, and it tends to hurt after awhile. We have listed a few websites below which might help.
We will keep you updated about any issues that come up and when little NAME arrives. Thank you all so much for your love for us and for welcoming our little one.
DownSyndromePregnancy.org (includes the booklet “Your Loved One is Having a Baby with Down Syndrome”)
NDSS (National Down Syndrome Society)
NDSC (National Down Syndrome Congress)
Down Syndrome Online (by DownsEd)
Stone Soup “What to say” (A helpful blog post)