Family Administered Neonatal Activities: An adaptation for parents of infants born with Down syndrome

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Abstract

The unexpected delivery of an infant with Down syndrome challenges families to call on adaptive strengths rarely needed in other situations. During this time when families are most deeply affected, professionals are also experiencing acute emotional responses. This article describes a process, adapted from the Family Administered Neonatal Activities (FANA), to support mothers and fathers during the immediate postpartum period. The process combines emotional support with the opportunity for parents to engage in an exploration of their infant's behavior. The professional role and parental responses are described for this hospital-based approach to family support

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