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Information and Support

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on the birth of your child and welcome them to the world.

In receiving the news that your child has Down syndrome, it is to be expected that you will experience a wide array of emotions. It may be of some comfort for you to know that others have felt the same and you are not alone. Be kind to yourself through this time and talk about your feelings. It may be hard to see now but these feelings will pass with time.

As a parent, you will undoubtedly have questions about how and why this has
happened. One of the first things to understand is that parents do not cause Down syndrome. Nothing you or your partner did or did not do before or during your pregnancy caused this. It is a variance of nature – no one is to blame.

DSAQ provides New Parent Information Kits compiled by parents and professionals that aim to provide you and your family with supportive, honest and up to date information that will answer some of the questions that you may have. For a hard copy of the kit please contact us at the office by calling (07) 3356 6655 or emailing office@dsaq.org.au You can also find the documents contained in the kit, along with a number of other DSAQ publications, here.

At any time, if you would like to speak to someone in person, we can arrange for a New Parent Support Volunteer or our Information and Support Coordinator to come and visit you at hospital. Alternatively, if you prefer, arrangements can also be made for someone to visit once you are home or to talk on the phone. There is no time restraint on this service so if you don’t feel ready now but do in a few weeks or months then please contact the office and we will arrange this for you.

Most importantly, your baby needs your love and care just like any other baby. It may be difficult to realise, but your baby is more like other babies than unlike. Take these first few months to get to know your baby and enjoy parenthood.

When you feel ready, we are here to help and support you in any way we can.

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