New and Expectant Parents
Congratulations on your new baby! If you have received a prenatal or a post-delivery diagnosis of Down Syndrome you are probably experiencing a wide range of emotions right now. It is important to remember, however, that you are not alone. New Hampshire has a large network of families who have a child with Down syndrome, who are supported by the NHDSA. The NHDSA First Call Program is a service available to new and expectant parents of children with Down Syndrome. The program provides an opportunity to connect with other parents that have gone through many of the same feelings and emotions that you may be experiencing.
The NHDSA First Call Program is a volunteer, state-wide group of trained parent mentors available 24/7 to listen, share, answer questions, and provide valuable information.
NHDSA is available to provide you not only with accurate, up-to-date information , we will send you a welcome packet which includes books, an information packet and a gift for the new baby. Our resources and connections are free and confidential.
New Parent Resources
Down Syndrome Pregnancy Blog
An excellent resource for new parents with updated, friendly information about expecting a baby with Down syndrome.
Up to date and accurate information and facts about Down syndrome.
Babycenter – Down Syndrome Board
An online forum for parents of children with Down syndrome. A great place to ask questions, network, and simply chat! Under “community”, search “Down syndrome” to find the board!
National Booklet - “Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis”
The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation’s Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis is an accurate, non-biased book to help you understand the many aspects of Down syndrome. It contains up-to date medical information, local and national resources, and was prepared with help from representatives from leading medical and Down syndrome organizations. Click here to find a free digital version.