Browse all articles By Kat Abianac / August 12, 2014 Having a baby diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome is a tumultuous time. Your life has just been turned on its head in one irrevocable moment, and your brain doesn’t stop churning for hours. Plus you have a newborn to look after, which is all encompassing in itself. I delayed my birth announcement for two days- for no reason other than it was too much to think about! His diagnosis was so important to me I didn’t want to tritely leave it out- but I also didn’t want to word it poorly or leave questions. I waited until after his echocardiogram so I could let everyone know his medical condition in the same post. I finally made it on the 17th, two days after his birth, and here it is. The thing that stands out for me is how excited I was! It had been a huge few months (at this point no one knew my partner and I had already separated) and it was just nice to share some news with my friends and start my new life. “Its official- he ran out of womb! Baby Parker arrived in a big rush (30mins after we got to the Mater) on Tuesday 15 Jan at 5:08pm. He’s a beautiful, chubby boy with dark hair and the most kissable cheeks. He’s already a ladies man, with all the nurses fussing over him! His first few days have been a whirlwind as he was taken to Special Care soon after his birth with some breathing difficulties and a high cell count. Day before yesterday we received test results to confirm that Parker has Down syndrome. This has come as a big shock to us- however we chose in the beginning not to bother testing during pregnancy as it wouldn’t have changed anything for us. He is already feeding well and his initial (very) scary heart tests and checks we had to wait on have come back today with big perfect ticks. He is 100% healthy and awesome. In the coming weeks and months we are going to need as much support as possible but right now we need some space in our happy little bubble, and your congratulations and well wishes. For those of you who know Annerley it is important that Parker is simply her beautiful baby brother – as he is for Ben and I. Anything else she needs to know will become clearer over time. Parker, the day his birth announcement was made- two days old. If you would like more information about Down syndrome or how you can help us the Down syndrome Assoc Qld (www.dsaq.org.au) have some great information for family and friends. We’d love you to read it and fill us in later on what you learned- right now we’re busy with our beautiful newborn!!” How did you write your birth or diagnosis announcement? Leave your story in comments below.