Congratulations on your pregnancy. We understand that you may have questions about what it will mean for you and your family to raise a child with Down syndrome. Most importantly, your baby will have needs similar to other newborns, and will need your love and care just like any other baby.
If you would like to talk through your questions, or process the many emotions you may be feeling, our Early Years Officer would be happy to connect with you. This can be by phone, Zoom, in person (depending upon location) or email – whatever works best for you. Down Syndrome Queensland also have trained parent volunteers called Peer Supporters, as well as Peer Leaders (adults with Down syndrome) who you can be linked with if you would like to hear more from an ‘everyday lived experience’ perspective.
If you would like to refer yourself or your patient to us for further information and support, please click on the below buttons and complete the form
There are many resources that you may find helpful in the coming months, as you prepare for your baby’s arrival. You can find these in the Resource Hub of our website. Simply filter for the area that interests you from the left side column (e.g. prenatal; new parent).
We run a Facebook closed group which is open to Queensland parents or carers of children with Down syndrome. The Down Syndrome Queensland Support Group is specifically created to encourage peer support, information sharing and to empower families and to create positive expectations of our children and adults.