Welcome Gift for New Parents
MDSS provides Manitoba hospitals with Labour of Love Packages and requests that these be provided to new parents of babies born with Down syndrome. The package includes wonderful print stories written by some of our member families, along with a beautiful book called Gifts. New parents will find an offer of a one year free membership to the Manitoba Down Syndrome Society and the Canadian Down Syndrome Society enclosed, as well as a visit by a trained volunteer. New parents are asked to contact the MDSS office to register their free membership, and following this, they are sent the book Babies with Down Syndrome: A New Parent’s Guide.
Visiting Parents Program
When new parents contact the office and request a visit, our Visiting Parents Coordinator contacts that family directly to make arrangements. Visiting parents understand the many emotions that new parents may be experiencing. They may bring their child with Down syndrome along for the visit if the new parents would like to meet him or her. Visiting parents explain how being a member of MDSS has helped them, and encourages the new family to activate their free membership and come out to the next Baby Love gathering to meet other new parents.
Baby Love Gatherings
MDSS Baby Love Gatherings are held in the Spring and Fall each year and provide a forum for families of our babies and young children to meet together. Along with our youngest members, there are often older youth and young adults volunteering at the event. Entertainment, activities and door prizes are provided for the children, and refreshments are available. This event is by invitation only.
For more information about any MDSS New Parent resources, contact the MDSS office at:
Phone: 204 – 992 – 2731
For further information or resources, please visit Canadian Down Syndrome Society New Parent Information.