Unexpected Down Syndrome Diagnosis at Birth — 073

Sep 3

In today’s episode, Amanda Cunningham shares the moving story of her two very distinct birth experiences. During her first pregnancy, she was euphoric and felt a profound spiritual connection to her son but after he was born, the separation triggered a severe postpartum loneliness which lasted for eighteen months. And after struggling with the decision of her readiness to have another child, her daughter was born with an undetected, random form of Down Syndrome.

Amanda’s feelings during her postpartum depression overwhelmed her and took a toll on her marriage. She found relief in a prescription of progesterone and the understanding that she was could affect how she allowed her feelings to affect her. Acknowledging her feelings empowered her to move forward and take the actions necessary to heal.

We talk about the extremely complicated emotions she faced after their daughters unexpected Down Syndrome diagnosis, how different she felt about her pregnancies, and how she came to terms with it all.

In This Episode:

  • Feeling spiritually connected to an unborn child

  • Experiencing extreme loneliness during postpartum

  • Taking progesterone during a postpartum transition

  • The expectations of others

  • How to know when you are ready to conceive again after a difficult postpartum transition

  • Severe, long-lasting illness during pregnancy

  • The three types of Down Syndrome

  • Being introduced to a diagnosis rather than a child

  • The unexpected mourning of what may never be

  • The benefits of a grief counselor

  • How to get a free one-month trial of guided meditations through Expectful

Show Notes:

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About Our Guest:

Amanda Cunningham is a wife to her husband Evan, mother to their two children, Owen + Rory, and the creator of The Glory Days Daily Planner, a planner specially designed for families + caregivers loving little ones with special needs.  After working as a Public Affairs coordinator for 10 years she found herself as a full-time stay at home mom, following the birth of their second child, Rory, in 2017. Rory changed their plans, arriving with a surprise birth diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Amanda and her family currently reside in  West Virginia. Their daughter’s birth diagnosis has etched deep grooves into their hearts, leaving them committed to encouraging families loving children with special needs by advocating and creating tools that will aid families in on their journey as a special needs parent. Amanda cares deeply for her community and believes God is always working for the greater good. “The good life isn’t over, there is so much joy here.”

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