I truly wonder if OB Doctors/nurses/medical staff handled the diagnosis of Down Syndrome differently….in utero and at birth, if they viewed it as just different and to be celebrated vs. acting like it’s a death sentence and talk in hushed tones and then come into the room and deliver somber news and walk out. If they could tell stories of incredible people who are changing the world equipped with an extra chromosome, or if they said… this kid may have down syndrome and that might come with some extra issues but all the more let’s be his/her champion because the world needs more people who love like these!! I wonder if the L&D floor staff would come by and see the rare new miracle that was born and congratulate the new family. I wonder if the barrage of words like “therapy, intervention, delay,” could be saved for times when the family is ready to reach out and put together their team of support for their family. I wonder if the nursery could reserve a few onesies that say “Keep calm it’s just an extra chromosome”. I wonder if they could use phrases like “great sleeper, awesome snuggler,” instead of “hard to feed, floppy muscle tone” as main descriptions of the next few weeks of life with this newborn.
I wonder how different the mother/father’s journey towards a new dream for their family would be? I wonder if Joy and Celebration and Hope was their first impression from the place they gave birth or where they went to for prenatal care, if it would be less of a journey towards acceptance of what later they wouldn’t trade for anything! I wonder if there would be less terminations due to possible DS diagnosis! I wonder if there wouldn’t be such a long waiting list to adopt these incredible babies! I wonder if there would be more families who get what happiness and unconditional love feels like?