Saturday, October 18, 2008

“They think Penny has Down syndrome.”

Amy Julia Becker, a master-of-divinity candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is also a writer and mother in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

Her daughter, Penny, was born at 5:22 p.m. on December 30, 2005.

Two hours later, a nurse called her husband out of the room. When he returned, he took her hand and said, “They think Penny has Down syndrome.”

In a remarkable article published in the November issue of First Things, Mrs Becker discusses her feelings at the time and since and her own development as a result of having a child with Down Syndrome.