4 doctors weighed in:

How do I cope with having a child with birth defects?

4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Become informed

The common responses to a birth defect runs the list of shock, disbelief, anger, depression and, over time a resolution & reorganization of your life & thinking.
It is often helpful to learn as much about the defect/s, thoughts on origin, possibility of recurrrance, genetic contribution, etc. Meeting other parents who have been thru the same process may help, though i find most won't try for years.

In brief: Become informed

The common responses to a birth defect runs the list of shock, disbelief, anger, depression and, over time a resolution & reorganization of your life & thinking.
It is often helpful to learn as much about the defect/s, thoughts on origin, possibility of recurrrance, genetic contribution, etc. Meeting other parents who have been thru the same process may help, though i find most won't try for years.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Early intervention programs help with your child's development and help you care for your child.
Dr. Danae Steele
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine

In brief: Get support!

First, find support! its hard enough being a parent and even harder if your child has serious health issues.
Find other parents of children with similar problems, either on-line or in your community. Find doctors who you trust for your child. And, learn as much as you can about your child's birth defect and what can be done to help your child function as well as possible.

In brief: Get support!

First, find support! its hard enough being a parent and even harder if your child has serious health issues.
Find other parents of children with similar problems, either on-line or in your community. Find doctors who you trust for your child. And, learn as much as you can about your child's birth defect and what can be done to help your child function as well as possible.
Dr. Danae Steele
Dr. Danae Steele
Thank
Read more answers from doctors