Julia's Way is a 501c3 non-profit and all donations are tax deductible.
Julia's Way is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring parents, medical professionals, and the general public to reimagine what's possible for those living with Down syndrome through education, advocacy, and awareness.
Our first project, a video entitled Why be normal was released in March of 2017 and has had over 25,000 views and has been shared several hundred times.
Our current project focuses on inspiring and encouraging mothers of children with Down syndrome to breastfeed their babies as well as educating medical professionals on how to support mothers to help their babies breastfeed successfully.
Julia Grace is our daughter. She was born in 2016 after a fairly traumatic pregnancy. She was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at approximately 20 weeks gestation. Before that we were uncertain about our future and only knew that something inconsistent with life could be wrong with our sweet girl. When we found out that she had Down syndrome, my husband and I gave each other a high five. We were so relieved but I was also scared. My husband had worked with many children with Down syndrome but I hadn't even known anyone with that diagnosis. What we did know was that our child could have a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life. She could spend time outside hiking and enjoying nature with us; she could contribute meaningfully to society. When her life seemed to hang in the balance between the time we found out "something was wrong" to the time we found out what her diagnosis was, we made many lists of what we wanted for her and those were the things we wanted most. Far from being "something wrong" she is exactly and perfectly right. Learning more about Down syndrome helped me to reimagine life with Down syndrome and from almost the moment we found out that she had Down Syndrome I have dedicated myself to helping others reimagine life with Down syndrome as well.
recent media coverage
- Julia's Way Seeks to Re-Imagine Life With Down Syndrome by James Kukstis in the Hanover Mariner.
- Breastfeeding Babies With Down Syndrome by Kristy Lee on NBC Boston and NECN
- Non-profit Julia’s Way proves babies with Down syndrome can breastfeed by Jessica Fedenia on Our Milky Way
- Ces Mamans Prouvent Que Trisomie-21 et Allaitement Ne Sont Pas Incompatibles by Julie Bernichan on LCI.
- Taunton Women Takes Part in Viral Photo Shoot Encouraging Moms to Breastfeed Babies With Down syndrome by Rebecca Hyman at the Taunton Gazette.
- Breastfeeding Photo Shattering Barrier for Children with Down Syndrome by Lydia Goerner in the Wareham Weekly.
- What Everyone Can Learn From 10 "Breastfeeding Champions" With Down Syndrome by Lauren Levy on PopSugar Moms.
- This breastfeeding photo shoot is shattering stereotypes by Anisa Arsenault.
"THREE OF HEARTS"
3 baby girls born in 3 days with 3 heart surgeries celebrate birthday milestone by Genevieve Brown Shaw of ABC News.
"THREE OF HEARTS” CAKE SMASH CELEBRATES THE BIRTHDAYS OF 3 LITTLE GIRLS WHO BEAT THE ODDS by Katy Anderson on Babble
Babies Born With Down Syndrome 3 Days in a Row Share an Epic Birthday Cake Smash by Alessia Santoro on Popsugar Moms.
Smash Cake Photo Series Features Three Adorable Down Syndrome Babies by Zara Husaini Hanawalt of Parents.
Babies With Down Syndrome Who Were Born 3 Days in a Row Reunite for the Most Adorable Cake Smash by Maressa Brown of Cafe Mom.