As a parent finding out that your unborn or newborn child has a disability can be incredibly frightening. Even without the myriad of other complications that can be suspected with any kind of in utero anomaly, it is quite alarming enough by itself.
When doctors first discovered our daughter’s limb difference at the 20-week anomaly scan, we were catapulted from a blissfully uncomplicated midwife-led pregnancy to suddenly being referred to a multitude of different consultants, across two different hospitals.
A family often extends well beyond simply the parents after all. We have sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles and grandparents, all of who went through this experience with us. Perhaps in many cases, the closest extended family members to the metaphorical front line are the new child’s grandparents. They not only have the infant’s best interests at heart, but they also have their own children to support, writes Amy Roskilly-Green.
Amy is a Reach parents and Blogger, and has written this really helpful and reassuring guide to help Grandparents in the early days and we are delighted to share it with you so please download. Our Shared Experiences book may also be of interest and can be bought through our shop on this website.