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This commemorative 10th Anniversary Edition includes 10 new personal stories, along with "where are they now" updates on many of the children and families featured in the first edition. Gifts is the much-loved collection of over 60 essays written by mothers who share their truths about raising children with Down syndrome. Powerful then and powerful now, it affirms over and over that a life with an extra chromosome is one worth living. The contributors to this collection have diverse personalities and perspectives, and draw from a wide spectrum of ethnicity, world views, and religious beliefs. Some are parenting within a traditional family structure; some are not. Some never considered terminating their pregnancy; some struggled with the decision. Some were calm at the time of diagnosis; some were traumatized. Some write about their pregnancy and the early months after giving birth; some reflect on years of experience with their child. The writers diverse experiences point to a common truth: The life of a child with Down syndrome is something to celebrate. These women have a message to share -- not just with other mothers but with genetic counsellors, gynaecologists, and the rest of us. In particular, this Anniversary Edition provides new parents with a source of up-to-date, positive, and realistic insight that is too often missing when they are facing a pre- or post-natal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
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About the Author

Kathryn Lynard is a writer, advocate, consultant, and mother of seven living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is also the editor of Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World, as well as two anthologies about motherhood, and the author of The Year My Son and I Were Born: A Story of Down Syndrome, Motherhood, and Self-Discovery (Globe Pequot Press, 2007).


"In our current era where increasingly more couples learn about the diagnosis of Down syndrome prenatally, this incredibly moving 10th anniversary edition of Gifts sends a timeless message: people with Down syndrome are celebrated contributors to their families and communities." -- Brian Skotko, MD, MPP "Co-Director Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital"

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