Beautiful Beginnings

I am so proud of how far my small idea has come. So far, 5 15 families have welcomed babies with Down syndrome into this world (in our area) and have had a Beautiful Beginning thanks to our wonderful baskets!

-The reason behind Beautiful Beginnings-
I want to bring joy to families that welcome babies with Down syndrome into the world. I hope to create baskets filled with positive information, baby products, and resources to give to these families when they might feel like they don’t know where to turn. I know from experience that those first few days in the hospital are the hardest. I felt alone, scared, and worried for my future. I remember, after finding out about my son Anthony’s Down syndrome diagnosis, I went straight to the internet and googled Down syndrome. I was overwhelmed with all of the information, mostly about negative health concerns. I didn’t know where to start. I knew that there were a lot of organizations out there willing to help, and provide me with information but, I was not ready to become a member of anything that had to do with Down syndrome. It was too soon, still too raw. Those first few days my world came crashing down, and I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I thought that my life I had planned for was over.
I wish I could go back and tell myself just how wonderful my life is now. I wish I would have known that although this isn’t the life I planned, it’s better than anything I could have ever imagined. I wish I knew just how much joy and happiness Anthony would bring to everyone around him. I wish I could have celebrated his birthday, instead of grieving. This is why I am so passionate about making sure these new families know just how amazing their lives are going to be. I don’t want them to look back on their child’s birthday with sorrow. I want these families to know that they’re not alone in this journey. There are people out there who care about their new baby just as much as they do! I know that if this project is successful, we can bring back joy and happiness to the delivery room. All children deserve to be celebrated on their birthday!

-Beautiful Beginnings now-

Delaware County Down Syndrome Interest Group (DCDSIG) has decided to partner together with Beautiful Beginnings to help welcome these precious new lives into the world.

Currently, I have a team of 3 amazing women (Christa, Patty and Leah) who help run Beautiful Beginnings and who have made it what it is today!

Beautiful Beginnings is in 5 hospitals, and we have given a baskets to 5 ...15 wonderful families so far!

We are so thankful for all of the donations that have helped Beautiful Beginnings get off the ground.

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