Program Contents: 24 minute DVD
Copyright Date: 2008
AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY
Although children with birth disorders face special hurdles as they grow, today’s parents of challenged or disabled children should be able to benefit from a variety of resources and support systems. This program depicts the difficulties and uncertainties of a couple whose first child was born with Down syndrome. Now expecting their second baby, the family undergoes increased stress as their 10-month-old son awaits heart surgery. Viewers learn about the parents’ initial reactions to his condition, their quick acceptance of it, and the ways in which they began to deal with his health issues. With input from medical experts and advice from other families, midwife and public health nurse Gráinne Ryan helps the family build their knowledge and coping skills.
Segments in this Video - (7)
1. Down Syndrome Baby (02:52)
First-time parents adjust to their new baby's disability, Down Syndrome. The young mother seeks counseling to help her deal with her son's condition. Many of these children require open-heart surgery.
2. Development Milestones (04:50)
A baby with Down Syndrome is monitored for developmental milestones. Gross motor skills include sitting, crawling, and standing. Fine motor skills include grasping. Scans, blood tests, and amniotic fluid tests can identify fetal abnormalities.
3. Social Interaction for Disabled Children (02:32)
Developmentally disabled children need social interaction with other children. Parents have other parents to interact with.
4. Preparation for Cardiac Surgery (03:56)
A child with Down Syndrome will undergo heart surgery. His parents, expecting their second child, review hospital and surgical procedures with a health care professional. The parents meet with other parents whose child had surgery.
5. Parents and Child at Hospital (04:11)
On the day of their son's heart surgery, his parents accompany him to the operating room where the child anesthetized. His parents receive updates about the surgery throughout the day.
6. Post-Surgery Report to Parents (02:12)
After a child's cardiac surgery, the surgeon gives the parents a report. The next 12-24 hours will tell how successful the operation was.
7. Parents Look to the Future (02:40)
A Down Syndrome child who underwent cardiac surgery suffers a cardiac arrest and receives a pacemaker. His parents observe positive changes in their son when he comes home. The parents have a positive outlook about their future.