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Education about Down syndrome can be life-saving

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Expectant mothers and fathers have a lot to prepare for in their journey to becoming parents. Of course, there are the easy things such as calculating the due date, celebrating the pregnancy, and sharing the news with family and friends.
Prepare for the unexpected
Pregnant woman thinking

And then, there are the more difficult tasks, such as choosing a prenatal caregiver, getting the baby's room ready, taking off time from work, and even mastering a proper budget for the future.

While getting wrapped up in creating and implementing all these exciting and time-consuming plans is necessary, there are other “to dos” and details that expectant parents might forget to include. For example, one thing that soon-to-be parents sometimes do not prepare for is a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

For many families, a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome can come as a shock, and as reality kicks in, so do some real questions about how to properly care for this child, how to keep him or her safe from bullies in school, and how to give their child all the opportunities they can. These parents may feel like they are lost and have nowhere to turn for guidance and help in this often difficult time.

That's why knowing about resources beforehand is essential. Fortunately, there are organizations out there that help families ease their concerns. Lettercase is an organization that provides information and support right away for expectant parents, with balanced, accurate and up-to-date information about common medical conditions for people with Down syndrome, available health and education services, and other resources. They also show photos of people with Down syndrome in ballet class, on the playground, in school, and at work — proving that parents can give their children opportunities to live a happy and fulfilled life.

Give a Lifeline shirt from Sevenly
Give A Lifeline Raglan (Sevenly.org, $28)

This week Lettercase has teamed up with Sevenly to produce shirts that help fund tools and resources for expectant parents. Every $7 from each purchase will help give them the esteem they need to go on the adventure of parenthood with confidence, understanding the challenges and rewards that lie ahead. Show your support for these families, by checking out the products at Sevenly this week and help “Give a Lifeline” to expectant parents who have received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

Sevenly is a social-good fashion brand that partners with a new charity each week, selling limited-edition lifestyle products. Seven dollars from each sale goes towards the charity of the week, raising funds and awareness. Sevenly believes people matter, and since June 2011, they have raised more than $2.3 million.

Be sure to check out what Sevenly is doing to change the world this week. >>

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