Dear Doctor Video from

As Down Syndrome Awareness Month 2019 comes to a close, I wanted to share this touching video from that highlights the experience of parents receiving the Down syndrome diagnosis and their difficult interactions with doctors and medical professionals.

As NothingDown says:

It is our goal to change the narrative and to work with the medical community to ensure that EVERY parent is delivered their child’s Down syndrome diagnosis with compassion, up-to-date education, proper resources, and hope. We believe that this film has the strong potential to ignite a much needed change for future parents.

This wasn’t exactly our experience with doctors and nurses, as I share in my book A Good and Perfect Gift, but I can relate to their stories as I wrestled with grief and fear especially in the first weeks and months.

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But as I shared in my post 5 Things I Wish I Had Known When My Daughter Was Diagnosed with Down Syndrome:

Now, I look back on that young mother, and I want to be able to hold her hand and look into her frightened, angry, sorrowful eyes and tell her not just that it will all be okay. I want to tell her why it will be more than okay. I want to tell her how her daughter will change her life in ways she never could have expected. I want to take her worry and grief and confusion. 

And nearly 14 years later, my daughter Penny is a thriving, kind, funny kid who loves books (like her mom!) and ballet. She wrote a letter to a new mom of a baby with Down syndrome recently and ended the letter with the line, “Do not be afraid.” Wisdom and truth from my teenager to all of the new parents out there.

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