For Medical Professionals

Medical professionals are encouraged to contact DSAWM about any Down syndrome related topic from delivering a diagnosis through aging with Down syndrome. Please contact DSAWM Program Director Katherine Key Griswold at 616-956-3488 or katherine@dsawm.org for more information.

Prenatal Testing and Diagnosis Resources

As a medical professional, you will often be the first to communicate to a family their newborn’s diagnosis of Down syndrome. Your words will have a lifelong impact. DSAWM is committed to providing resources and support to medical professionals who are involved in delivering a diagnosis of Down syndrome to new and expectant parents.  You may view the resources (In English) at the links below.  To request free copies (available in English and Spanish) for your medical office, contact DSAWM.

Understanding a Down Syndrome Diagnosis

Understanding Prenatal Screening and Testing for Chromosome Conditions

DSAWM also provides books for parents welcoming a baby with Down syndrome.  You can view the books at the links below. Contact DSAWM to receive free copies for your current and future patients.

English

Diagnosis to Delivery: A Pregnant Mother’s Guide to Down Syndrome

Welcoming a Newborn with Down Syndrome: A New Parent’s Guide to the First Month

Spanish

Del diagnóstico al nacimiento: Una guía para las mujeres embarazadas de un bebé con síndrome de Down

La bienvenida a un bebé con síndrome de Down: Una guía para nuevos padres

DSAWM utilizes Down Syndrome Pregnancy and Lettercase materials – both are administered by the National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Resources at the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute. The materials provided are honest, compassionate, medically-reviewed, and informative.

Medical Connections

Treating patients with Down syndrome can provide unique challenges.  DSAWM is available to connect you with facilities and professionals specializing in the treatment of individuals with Down syndrome and research in the field.  Contact us at (616)956-3488 or katherine@dsawm.org.