What do I do first?
Some of the parents who also found out prenatally that they were carrying a baby with Down syndrome compiled a list of things you may want to do before your baby gets here.
- Relax, enjoy the rest of your pregnancy and take care of yourself
- Make sure your OB is supportive of your decision. If not, find one who is.
- Call S.M.I.L.E. on Down Syndrome to get the New Parent Packet (812) 307-9371
- Talk or meet with parents of a child with Down syndrome. S.M.I.L.E. can refer you to parents that have faced the same situation.
- Meet a child with Down syndrome by attending a S.M.I.L.E. activity.
- Read about Down syndrome, but make sure the material is current and reliable
- Learn about your state’s early intervention services (First Steps – Indiana). Beginning at birth, babies with Down syndrome benefit from services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and developmental therapy.
- If your baby has a potential heart issue or other medical concerns, ask to be referred to a specialist in that area
- Remember that your unborn child is a baby first. The Down syndrome is only a part of who he or she will become.