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“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.”
FRANCIS OF ASSISI

Expectant Parents

Light at the End of the Tunnel Booklet

If you are expecting a child with Down syndrome, you may find it helpful to read about the experiences of other parents who also received a prenatal diagnosis. The booklet, “Light at the End of the Tunnel,” was created by the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County for parents expecting a child with Down syndrome. To download a copy, click here.

Please note: permission to make copies of this booklet is granted by the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County on condition that the booklet is reproduced in its entirety, including acknowledgment pages.

Lettercase.org

Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis published by Lettercase is the nationally recommended resource for parents initially receiving a prenatal diagnosis. It features photos of people with Down syndrome in their everyday lives and includes reliable resources and studies about Down syndrome.

Brighter Tomorrows

Brighter Tomorrows is a website created by the Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute, and it provides a range of resources for expectant parents.

Information and Support

You have learned your baby will have Down syndrome. Now you are waiting—waiting for your baby to be born, waiting to see what changes that birth will bring and wondering what to expect. The waiting and the worrying can be difficult to go through, but information and support is available.  If you would like to learn more about Down syndrome or to speak to another parent who also received a prenatal diagnosis, please contact NADS.

Prenatal Testing Pamphlet

The pamphlet is for pregnant women who are considering, or who have had, prenatal testing for Down syndrome. It provides important information about prenatal testing and facts about Down syndrome. Learn more.