Info Just For You
- New and Expectant Parents
- Parents of School-Aged Children
- Policymakers and Advocates
- Health Care Professionals
- K-12 Educators
- Brothers and Sisters
- Fathers (D.A.D.S.)
- Down Syndrome and Autism
- Families of Diversity
- Research Opportunities
- General DS Information
Delivering the Diagnosis
Recognizing the challenges healthcare providers face when delivering the diagnoses of Down syndrome, the MDSC can provide critical support. As a first step, we recommend the following resources:
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- Please reference the “best practices” for health care professionals delivering a prenatal or postnatal diagnosis from the American Journal of Medical Genetics.
- The Brighter Tomorrows website includes an interactive tutorial that guides health care professionals in delivering a diagnosis of Down syndrome. You may also want to direct new and expectant parents to this website to for information.
- The MDSC Parents First Call Program provides accurate, up-to-date information, and gives parents an opportunity to speak with a trained parent mentor. Our resources and connections are free and confidential. If you are a healthcare provider, you can connect a new or expectant family to the Parents First Call Program in one of the following ways:
We have also compiled a helpful list of Suggested Resources for Health Care Professionals, which you can see here.