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How do I tell a parent their child has Down syndrome?

A family’s path is dramatically changed when they receive the news that they have a child with Down syndrome. This challenging and sensitive topic deserves respect from medical professionals because what you say and how you say it will impact a parent’s mental wellness and ability to cope, whether delivering the news prenatally or postnatally.  Our Physician’s Guide, from four broadly experienced physicians, can help you find information on how best to deliver a diagnosis, as well as more information on the importance of your role. The Physician’s Guide content requires Adobe Flash Player which must be installed on your computer. This content will not be able to be viewed on Apple mobile devices such as iPhones/iPads.

The following PDF will also help provide the best care to a child with Down syndrome.

AAP Guidelines for Medical Professionals