Imagine learning your unborn child has Down syndrome. Knowing how to cope and where to turn can be overwhelming while still trying to come to terms with the diagnosis. But a Down syndrome organization in Italy wants parents to know it’s not all bad. They put together this video to reassure a woman expecting a baby who was diagnosed with Down syndrome.
The video, created for CoorDown, Italy’s National Coordination of Associations of People With Down Syndrome, begins with these words across the screen: “On the 9th of February, we received this email from a future mom. “I’m expecting a baby. I’ve discovered he has Down syndrome. I’m scared: What kind of life will my child have?’ Today we reply to her like this.”
The touching ad features fifteen people with Down syndrome reassuring the mom that her child will lead a meaningful life. The ad isn’t all sunshine, as some offer realistic advice such as, “Sometimes it will be very difficult” but one young man astutely points out, “Isn’t it like that for all mothers?”
Yup. Sure is.
What a beautiful video with an even sweeter message.
World Down Syndrome Day is on March 21. You can participate by sharing the video. It’s being shared on social media with the hashtag #DearFutureMom and already has more than 1.3 million views on YouTube since it was posted last week.
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