Silicon Valley Down Syndrome Network

Recommended Books for New & Expectant parents

Woodbine House Publishers specialize in books on a variety of developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome. 


Diagnosis to Delivery: A Pregnant Mother’s Guide to Down Syndrome, by Nancy McCrea Iannone and Stephanie Hall Meredith

This book is specifically written for expectant mothers who are preparing for the birth of a baby with Down syndrome. It will answer your pregnancy and birth questions, validate your emotions, provide coping advice, and give you hope for the future.

Click on the book to get to the website for free download. 


Welcoming a Newborn with Down Syndrome: A New Parent's Guide to the First Month, by Nancy McCrea Iannone and Stephanie Hall Meredith

This book offers support and accurate, reliable information to the new parents of a baby with Down syndrome. The book covers topics like breastfeeding, adjusting to a diagnosis, preparing siblings, understanding medical issues, preparing for the future, and, most importantly, it shares diverse stories about the daily lives of families whose children have Down syndrome at different ages..

Click on the book to get to the website for free download. 


Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives, edited by Kathryn Lynard Soper

This commemorative 10th anniversary edition of Gifts includes 10 new personal stories, along with where-are-they-now updates on many of the children and families featured in the first edition. Gifts is the much-loved collection of over sixty essays written by mothers who share their truths about raising children with Down syndrome. Powerful then and powerful now, it affirms over and over that a life with an extra chromosome is one worth living.

Remarks: One of the contributor (Chapter 27 'Mother Nature') Danielle Rickard is our proud SVDSN member. If you would like to connect with Danielle, become SVDSN member and send your message to Danielle at SVDSN Member Only Page (post log-in) / SVDSN Member Directory.

This book is one of the choices among other two books (Raising Henry, The Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome) to be included in 'New & Expectant Parent Welcome Packet'.   


Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World edited by Kathryn Lynard Soper

Like the previous book, Gifts 2 helps us see that the hopes and dreams family and friends have for a child with Down syndrome are similar to the ones we have for any child. And, more often than not, expectations are fulfilled—if not always the way we anticipated they would be. A grandparent, inspired by his grandson’s strong will, discovers the ability to persevere and not give up on a job. A brother who assumed he would be the person helping his sibling with Down syndrome describes how often it is the other way around. A young teacher remembers her first student with Down syndrome and it gives her strength and clarity when she is faced with her own child’s diagnosis.


null

Babies with Down Syndrome: A New Parents' Guide edited by Susan J. Skallerup 

the trustworthy guide which has benefited thousands of families since it was first published in 1985, is completely revised and updated in a new, third edition. Covering the best practices for raising and caring for children with Down syndrome through age five, this book is invaluable to new parents who have welcomed a baby with Down syndrome into their lives.

This book is included in 'New & Expectant Parent Welcome Packet'.   


Down Syndrome Parenting 101 by Natalie Hale 

This book offers inspired takes on a host of important issues, from learning to recognize and celebrate your child’s personality and gifts to finding a great teacher for him, and from insisting your child pull his own weight to giving your child his space as an adult. The author—equal parts mentor, humorist, enthusiast, and realist—takes readers by the hand and walks them through the various life stages, experiences, and people they will encounter with their child including: getting to know and fall in love with your child, interacting with medical professionals, literacy, discipline, school, transitioning, and independence.


Raising Henry: A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, and Discovery, by Rachel Adams

A mother’s deeply moving account of raising a son with Down syndrome in a world crowded with contradictory attitudes toward disabilities

This book is one of the choices among other two books (Gifts, The Parent's Guide to Down Syndrome) to be included in 'New & Expectant Parent Welcome Packet'.   



Common Threads: Celebrating Life with Down Syndrome by Cynthia Kidder and Brian Skotko

Take heart in the accomplishments of 59 persons with Down syndrome from across the U.S. and Canada, all chronicled in this unique and inspiring book. Original black-and-white photographs, research, and exclusive information from the Band of Angels survey of children with Down syndrome round out the pages.


Our Community Partners

Family photographer with 15 years experience as an Aide with special needs kiddos!

Our Fiscal agent 



Silicon Valley Down Syndrome Network

 SVDSN is a program of Valley Medical Center Foundation who is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 2400 Clove Drive, San Jose CA 95128

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software