Gifts

Gifts

Mothers Reflect on How Children With Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives

Book - 2007
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2008 Nautilus Award: Silver Winner, Memoir/Personal Growth

Having a baby with Down syndrome is not something most parents would willingly choose. Yet many who travel this path discover rich, unexpected rewards along the way. In this candid and poignant collection of personal stories, sixty-three mothers describe the gifts of respect, strength, delight, perspective, and love, which their child with Down syndrome has brought into their lives.

The contributors to this collection have diverse personalities and perspectives, and draw from a wide spectrum of ethnicity, world views, and religious beliefs. Some are parenting within a traditional family structure; some are not. Some never considered terminating their pregnancy; some struggled with the decision. Some were calm at the time of diagnosis; some were traumatized. Some write about their pregnancy and the months after giving birth; some reflect on years of experience with their child.

Their diverse experiences point to a common truth: The life of a child with Down syndrome is something to celebrate. These women have something to say--not just to other mothers but to all of us.

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

Publisher: Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House, 2007.
ISBN: 9781890627850
1890627852
Branch Call Number: 306.87430874 Gif
Characteristics: xxv, 292 pages : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Soper, Kathryn Lynard

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