New Parent Support

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Congratulations on the birth of your baby, and welcome – we’re so glad you’ve found us! 😊

It’s possible you’re experiencing a wide range of emotions following your baby’s birth / diagnosis. Know that many families before you have felt that way too. If at any time you would like to explore such feelings, know we are here to help in any way we can. Our team will be happy to connect with you, whether it’s by phone, Zoom, face to face (depending upon location) or email – whatever works best for you.

Many parents worry about how having a child with Down syndrome or another intellectual disability will impact their family. Of course, every family is different, but personal stories and research show that most families that have a child with an intellectual disability are stable and happy, and that their siblings often have greater compassion and empathy. Families generally find their feet and include the needs of their child with an intellectual disability with the needs of all family members. How this happens will be different for everyone as each child and family is unique.

We can provide ongoing support and information across a range of areas as children grow and develop. If you would like to talk to our team about any questions or emotions you’re experiencing, connect with us on (07) 3356 6655 or email

Resources for new parents

Here are a few resources to help on your journey navigating your new family. You can find more through our Resources Hub and filter by ‘Life Stage’.

New Parent Information Pack
A Guide for New Parents
Early Years

We also run a Facebook closed group which is open to Queensland parents or carers of children with an intellectual disability. 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.

There are many resources that you may find helpful in the coming months, as you get to know your baby more. 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. New Parent; Early Years). We look forward to connecting with you and your baby sometime soon. In the meantime, take the time to get to know your baby and enjoy those early days of parenthood. 😊

Need more support?

MyTime is a free support group where parents and carers of children with disability or other additional needs can feel understood, share ideas and access quality information and resources.

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