Many moms report that the most difficult part of being the parent of a child with Down syndrome is the diagnosis and the immediate aftermath. Moms report thoughts and emotions they never thought they would have. Most are not prepared for the onslaught of emotions, and the intensity shocks them. Have you just received a diagnosis? What are you feeling? If some time has passed, how did your feelings change? If your baby has been born, how do you feel now? Do you believe receiving a prenatal diagnosis has helped your state of mind now that you have your baby? Do you regret your decision to find out in advance?
(Originally posted on October 1, 2010, this is a topic of great importance to our parents and worthy of being revisited. Fresh comments would be very helpful to expectant parents.)Tags: down syndrome, down syndrome pregnancy, downsyndromepregnancy.org, emotional impact of diagnosis, perinatal depression