New & Expectant Parents
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati has been supporting families of children with Down syndrome since 1981. Our hope is that the information in our A New Parent’s Guide to Down Syndrome publication will help you to begin to understand Down syndrome and help you to see your baby’s great potential.
The emotions that you are experiencing right now are probably intense. These emotions are very typical when you learn that your newborn is not what you had anticipated. Although the needs of your baby may seem overwhelming to you right now, let us reassure you that your baby is more like than unlike other babies. Your little one will bring you many happy moments and there will be many occasions for celebration. You can count on us to help. We are here to offer you the information and support that will assist you during these early days. Based on your comfort level and individual request, we can:
- Introduce you to our Early Matters Coordinator who has helped hundreds of families in your shoes.
- Connect you with other families with children from birth - 5 years old who can offer you the personal support from the perspective of someone who can easily recall the feelings and emotions that you may be experiencing.
- Mail books to you from our Lending Library about your new child free of charge.
- Connect you with other local agencies that can help you-including the Jane and Richard Thomas Center for Down Syndrome at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, early intervention programs and other state & county programs.
- Send you packets of information specific to grandparents, relatives, and a general packet about Down syndrome.
- Send you our monthly e-newsletter & quarterly magazine, DSPress.
- Visit you with a basket full of gifts for you and your baby.
As one mother said, “The best phone call I ever made was to the DSAGC.”
“We were diagnosed at 18 weeks gestation and were so pleased when we found the DSAGC one month prior to Ryan’s birth. DSAGC represented a place to call “home” in a sense. It brought us together with others going through similar experiences, so we did not feel alone. I’ll always remember the Early Matters Coordinator's bright smile and perfect balance of enthusiasm and caring concern when she delivered our “welcome basket” that still sits prominently displayed (now full of stuffed animals) in Ryan’s room, five years later.”
- Mary Lynne Sauby, mother of Ryan