Friendly Friday | Hope Story

Hope Story

Friendly Friday is a Venzedits series featuring the new or small businesses that Amber loves.

 

Baxter and I became friends with Rick Smith through the digital ministry at Watermark, our church in Dallas. Among other elements of the digital ministry, Rick ran a great series called “Real Truth Real Quick” that provides a Biblical perspective on trending cultural topics – everything from birth control to politics and divorce.

Noah, Rick’s first son, was born with Trisomy 21, more commonly known as Down syndrome. When Rick and his wife’s experience with the hospital upon finding out this news was less than satisfactory, he decided to do something about it.

Read their story below, and be sure to follow Noah (one of the most adorable kids ever!) on Instagram @noahsdaddotcom.

 

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What inspired Hope Story?

A few hours after our first son was born my wife and I were surprised to learn that he had Trisomy 21 (otherwise known as Down syndrome.) Our OB/GYN didn’t say “congratulations” (which is what all new parents want to hear.) Instead, she said she was “sorry” and offered to prescribe my wife anti-depressants. (Which she denied).

We have since learned that our experience isn’t uncommon. Many parents whose child (prenatally or postnatal) is diagnosed with Down syndrome have a negative experience with their medical professional. When a parent receives news about their child like this they are likely nervous, scared, and fearful. There’s no doubt that having a medical professional who is negative isn’t helpful for these mothers. In fact, many of these mothers terminate their child’s life. 67% children parentally diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted, which means every time you see one person with Down syndrome there are at least three more you don’t see because there life was taken away from them.
We started Hope Story to help bring hope and encouragement to families whose child has received a Down syndrome diagnosis, as well as help resources and training to the medical community.

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What does Hope Story do/hope to accomplish?

One of our goals is to connect every every Ob/Gyn in America to a family raising a child with Down syndrome, we call these families Hope Advocates. Hope Advocates are a free resource for the medical community, and are available to connect with parents whose child has just received a Down syndrome diagnosis. Our hope is that Hope Advocates can provide hope and encouragement to new parents by simply being a listening friend, and that more children prenatally diagnosed with Down syndrome will be brought to full term.

Check out this video to see the impact a Hope Advocate can make.

How can the Venzedits community support Hope Story? 

Here are three specific ways you can help Hope Story:

1. We are a new organization so helping us spread the word about who we are and what we do would be huge. One way you can do this is by visiting our Facebook page and sharing the video that’s pinned to the top of the page. Another, is by following Hope Story on instagram and engaging with our content!

2. Stay connected to Hope Story by joining our mailing list by clicking here.

3. If you live in Texas, Delaware, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, or Louisiana would you consider making a donation of any amount by clicking here? Hope Story is a Texas nonprofit corporation. Our application for 501c3 status is currently pending before the IRS. 100% of your donation helps us bring hope to others.

We are encouraged by the response we have had by families and we are looking forward to brining hope and encouragement to families across the United States!