Babies with Down's Syndrome join midwives for fun awareness calendar

Mar 30, 2016 at 10:40 a.m. ET
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Two babies with Down's Syndrome are the stars of a new charity calendar, with some very brave naked midwives joining them to raise funds for the Down’s Syndrome Association.

 

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The calendar was the brainchild of Jo Proud, a midwife who runs pregnancy service and scanning clinic Miracle in Progress.

"We have wanted to do a charity event for some time," Proud, who has been a midwife for 12 years, told SheKnows. "I have cared for women who have given birth to babies with undiagnosed Down's Syndrome, and when I was pregnant I also had a high risk of having a baby with Down's Syndrome — so did the other midwife in the shoot, Katie Adams.

"I recently cared for Julia and Hannah who gave birth to Jorja and Eliza, so I thought the Down's Syndrome Association would be a great cause."

Miracle in Progress Down's Syndrome awareness calendar
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Eight-month-old Eliza Bramley and 14-month-old Jorja Winfield are definitely the stars of the show.

Miracle in Progress Down's Syndrome awareness calendar
Image: Julie Moult

"The Down's Syndrome Association help families and people with Down's Syndrome live full and rewarding lives and also give support to new parents with babies with Down's Syndrome," said Proud. "I think it's really important that we help out charities like this."

Miracle in Progress Down's Syndrome awareness calendar
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As expected the calendar shoot was eventful. "It was quite daunting," admitted Proud. "But within an hour we had so much fun. We laughed so much and the babies loved it."

Miracle in Progress Down's Syndrome awareness calendar
Image: Julie Moult

Miracle in Progress Down's Syndrome awareness calendar
Image: Julie Moult

It's Proud's dream for the calendar to be a huge success worldwide. Go here to buy your copy of the Down's Syndrome Association calendar for £10.

Miracle in Progress Down's Syndrome awareness calendar
Image: Julie Moult

Visit the Down's Syndrome Association for more information and details on how you can help the charity continue to support people with Down's Syndrome, their families and carers.

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