We know that when a new parent or expectant parent receives a diagnosis of Down Syndrome it can be difficult to take in such unexpected news and if you are like most parents you will have little idea of what Down Syndrome will mean to your child and family. We also understand that the feelings of joy at having your new baby may be mixed with a wide range of emotions such as anxiety, shock, guilt and disappointment. These emotions are normal in the circumstances. You will also have questions that you need answers to.
Parent Link is a support and information service for parents of kids with Down Syndrome. It is a service run entirely on a voluntary basis by both a counsellor and a Parent who are familiar with the feelings and reactions associated with having a child with Down Syndrome in the family. Our qualified Parents Link counsellor can also meet with you to offer support and can answer questions you may find difficult to ask of others. Our counsellor provides time, confidentiality and a listening ear for new parents. The counsellor will answer your questions honestly and will be there for you with a listening ear.
Welcome Baby Boxes
Welcome baby boxes were introduced to CUMH in 2013. They are meant for the parents of new babies born with Down syndrome. The staff of CUMH gift the baby boxes on our behalf and no personal details are given to DSCork.
Sharing the Journey
To talk to another parent in confidence ring:
Karen O Sullivan
021 430 0444