Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day and we need your help to honor moms and the beauty of motherhood!
Our Give Life Challenge for the month of May is to encourage moms raising kids with special needs! Would you sign a heartening card for moms of children with Down Syndrome?
We have been sharing the message that “Every Life is a Gift” for the 2015 March for Life, and we have focused on the special babies that are diagnosed with a fetal abnormality, such as Down Syndrome. Tragically, children with a poor prenatal diagnosis are aborted at a rate of approximately 85%. Thankfully, many moms and families resist pressure from doctors or society to abort, and give birth to precious children that, although they may face medical or development challenges, are a gift to this world.
Your signature on our inspiring Mother’s Day card will carry on the 2015 March for Life theme that “every life is a gift.” It will be an encouragement to countless moms of children with Down Syndrome and work to erase the perception that moms who deliver babies with Down Syndrome should be told “I’m sorry” rather than “congratulations!” Here’s the message:
Happy Mother’s Day! Some may say that you’re the bravest of the brave, but we think you’re the most blessed of the blessed! Because your little one has special needs, you get to experience selfless love day in and day out. You get to hold unconditional love in your arms every day. You get to see the world through joy and authenticity that most of us never get to experience.
Thank you for joining with us this month, and all year in sharing the pro-life message that “every life is a gift.” We can live out this message by encouraging and supporting moms and families who embrace the culture of life. This means walking with moms and families every step of the way and below you will find many resources that will do just that.
Words and encouragement go a long way. Thank you for signing our inspirational Mother’s Day Card – you are making a difference!
Be Not Afraid – a comprehensive website helping parents with prenatal diagnosis get information and referrals.
National Down Syndrome Society – NDSS has more than 375 local affiliates that provide an array of benefits to help better service the Down syndrome community in their local area.
Jack’s Baskets – Jack’s Basket mission is to celebrate every child born with Down syndrome and congratulate their family with gifts, support, and resources.
SOFT – The Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders.
International Trisomy Alliance – featuring e-books to help Trisomy families and their most recent “Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13 – Preparing for your Baby’s Arrival.”
American Journal of Medical Genetics Report – “Our children are not a diagnosis: The experience of parents who continue their pregnancy after a prenatal diagnosis of Trisomy 13 or 18.
Gift of a Lifetime – a resource from Focus on the Family for families facing a life-limiting diagnosis for their unborn baby, that presents the option of perniatal hospice. Also, in Spanish, Un Regalo Inimitable.
When Love Wins – a booklet from Focus on the Family about continuing a pregnancy after an adverse diagnosis, and it addresses a prenatal diagnosis of special needs.
Be A Voice – Focus on the Family’s Dignity of Human Life magazine with Scripture, quotes, research, stories, etc about life issues across the spectrum, including special needs.
Embracing Grace Peer Ministry, Diocese of Richmond.
Prenatal Diagnosis Support, Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Archdiocese of Washington Affirming Life Initiative – Resources for Clergy and Pastoral Workers, including training videos.
Prenatal Partners for Life – prenatal diagnosis website and support information.
Caring Bridge – a free social network tool for parents who have children with medical challenges.
Sibling support: “Sib shops” provide support to brothers and sisters of persons who have special health care needs, have developmental disabilities or have a mental health challenge.
Ability Path: Join our community of parents working to provide early intervention therapies to maximize the development of their children.
Jill’s House: Jill’s House celebrates children with special needs and provides much-needed relief to their families in the greater Washington DC area. We serve boys and girls, ages six through seventeen, with intellectual disabilities without regard to race, religion, or ethnicity. Jill’s House provides a safe, fun place full of adventure and tailor-made activities to children with special needs while giving their parents and caregivers desperately-needed time to rest and recharge.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – a ministry of professional photographers will take photographs of infants who have critical medical conditions for no charge.