Julia Kinder

Consultations for Grandparents

February 18, 2013
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So you are a proud new grandparent of a lovely new grandbaby! And this particular grandbaby happens to have an extra chromosome in addition to his or her fuzzy head, twinkling eyes, dimpled cheeks, and cute baby cry. I’m certain this new family member already has a very special place in your heart.

But maybe the birth of this grandbaby has been a little different -there’s also the news that this baby has a diagnosis of Down syndrome. It can be a confusing time with mixed emotions. As the grandparent, your role is not only to spoil this baby, but also to take care of your child – baby’s parent. And perhaps baby’s parent is having a difficult time knowing what to think about this diagnosis. On the one hand, everyone has been so excited anticipating the arrival of this infant who looks so happy, perfect, and content. On the other hand, no one in the family really knows what a child with Down syndrome is like. What are the implications of this diagnosis? What will baby be like? Will he have struggles along the way? Will he be healthy? There are more questions than answers about what life will be like now.

Ella’s grandparents, and great-grandparents, played a crucial role in our family after Ella’s birth. They were there when we cried, when we needed a break, and for endless trips to the grocery store when we needed to try yet another bottle. And they were there for all the joys – when Ella rolled over, took her first steps, and went off to kindergarten. Their love for Ella is unconditional. Ella’s great-grandmother said something to me that I’ll never forget, and that brings me pure happiness: “I know I’m not supposed to have a favorite grandchild, but there is just something about Ella that is so special and amazing – she is my favorite of all my grandchildren.”      -Dr. Julia

For eight years, Dr. Kinder has been helping new families start out on their journey with a child who has Down syndrome. She is on a mission to fill the void that exists between receiving the diagnosis and actually knowing what to do and when. She realizes there is a crucial piece of information missing between when doctors give the diagnosis and when parents go home to figure out on their own what they need to do for this baby. Dr. Kinder knows this gap exists because even with her medical training, she was not prepared to raise a child with Special Needs. She found it very difficult to find a reliable and honest source of information. She wanted another mom – a friend – that she could talk to about anything she was feeling or thinking. She wanted practical advice on what to do each day. From her years of experience counseling other families, and from her own personal experiences, Dr. Kinder knows how vital it is that grandparents also have this information about Down syndrome.

Your consultation with Dr. Kinder includes:

-Initial informational email from YOU to Dr. Kinder. You will first send an email to Dr. Kinder with general information she will need before your consult

-One-hour phone consultation with Dr. Kinder at a time which is convenient for both of you. Your conversation will be informal and guided by your questions, concerns, and needs.

-Follow-up email from Dr. Kinder with the main points from your conversation, so that you don’t need to take extensive notes during the phone call.

You don’t have to go through this alone. Let Dr. Kinder help. This is an unexpected moment in the life of your family. Don’t waste a moment – there is much to consider for yourself, your family, and for your new grand-baby. Dr. Kinder will show you The UPside™.

Contact Dr. Kinder: julia@juliakinder.com


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