When you first hear the news that your baby may have Down syndrome, all sorts of thoughts rush through your head. It's a difficult experience, and it takes time to come to understand what it will mean for you and your family.
It's not all bad news, though. The outlook for people with Down syndrome is better today than it has ever been in the past. They have good access to medical care and education, as well as special therapies and living skills programmes.
Below I've suggested some books that new parents of a child with Down syndrome will find helpful. If you have a friend who has just been told their child has DS, an appropriate book from this list might make a thoughtful gift.
Books about looking after a child with Down syndrome:
Books that describe the experiences of families that have members with Down syndrome:
Informational books about bringing up a child with a disability:
Inspirational and moving books for parents of a disabled child:
It can be hard to explain to siblings and other young children within your family and circle of friends that your new baby has Down syndrome, and what that means. These books can help: