Congratulations on the birth of your baby!

If your baby is healthy, his/her needs will be just like other babies. You don't need to do anything different or special at this stage. We know it can be difficult at first to see past the Down syndrome to your baby's individual personality. Take time to listen to him/her, get to know and enjoy him/her. A loving secure environment is the most important thing that you can give your baby at this time.

    New parents are often concerned that their baby will miss out if they are not immediately providing some form of regular stimulation. We understand this feeling, it is very natural, but don't be hard on yourself. Give yourself time to adjust to your new baby. Interact with him/her. The rest can come later!

    Your baby's health

    Some health conditions are more common in children with Down syndrome. It is important that you are aware of this and if possible that your baby is screened for these. Some countries have systems in place to ensure this takes place, e.g. if you live in the UK your baby will have an insert for babies born with Down syndrome in his/her Personal Child Health Record (PCHR). This contains information about health screening, child development and weight and growth charts. Other countries will not have this.

    Local support

    Remember that too much information may be overwhelming at this stage and may never be relevant. We can provide you with a contact in your country who may in turn be able to connect you with a local parent support group. Meeting other parents locally can give you some much needed moral support and advice from like minded people.