Support for Midwifery and Health & Social Care Professionals

We are here to help midwives, health visitors, community nurses and other health and social staff in supporting new and expectant parents through screening, diagnosis and the early years of having a child with Down’s syndrome. We have previously supported Health & Social Care professionals on a variety of topics including:

  • Supporting New Parents (we provide new baby packs free to every maternity unit in Scotland. You can view these here. If you require more copies please get in touch.)
  • Feeding – breastfeeding, weaning, diet
  • Growth and developmental milestones
  • Health- screening and health conditions

As part of our work, we have attended joint visits with Health visitors to new parents as well as attended social work meetings with families to discuss care planning/assessments etc.

We work jointly with a large variety of professionals supporting children or adults with Down’s syndrome, providing information, strategies, and support, although not direct support to the child or adult.

Our service can support you so if you have a query, please contact the Family Support Service team at familysupportservice@dsscotland.org.uk or give us a call on 0300 030 2121.

We also offer teaching sessions in hospitals, maternity, and neonatal services to help raise awareness of Down’s Syndrome and on giving a diagnosis. The sessions are delivered by our Family Support team along with parent speakers. You can find out more about these sessions and how to book a session at the link below.