Congratulations on the birth, or expected birth, of your grandchild. The birth of a baby is a time for celebrating and the feeling of joy. This little baby may not be exactly as you have dreamed, but he or she is more like other babies than unlike. Just like all children, your grandchild needs the whole family for nurturing, guidance, safekeeping and, most importantly, love and acceptance.
We realize that with the birth of a child with Down syndrome, the entire family may have entered into a whole new world -- one that can be confusing and filled with intense emotions at first. It is our hope that through information and support, you will be able to gain an understanding of your feelings, of the baby's special needs and of the love this child has to offer.
We encourage you to learn as much about Down syndrome as you can at this time, so you can be a strong support to the new parents. Remember to treat this baby as you would any other baby. Infants with Down syndrome are babies first and foremost.
The National Down Syndrome Congress has a wonderful article: Focus on Grandparents.