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National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Resources

The National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Resources offers accurate, up-to-date, and balanced resources for medical professionals delivering pre and postnatal diagnoses of Down syndrome including Brighter Tomorrows, Lettercase, and Down Syndrome Pregnancy. We provide this clearinghouse of professionally recommended resources for medical practitioners; patients who have just received a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis; and new and expectant parents. These resources have been peer-reviewed and referenced in published studies as examples of accurate and balanced information.

These resources can assist health care practitioners in meeting the requirement of Kentucky’s Down Syndrome Information Act (Senate Bill 34) to provide expectant or new parents, who have just received such a diagnosis, with up-to-date, evidenced-based, written information about Down syndrome.

Brighter Tomorrows offers a tutorial for medical providers on how to deliver a diagnosis of Down syndrome and includes video demonstrations.

You may also download or request a free printed copy of our “Understanding A Down Syndrome Diagnosis” booklet, which is recommended in the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening Guidelines.

Preservice Health Training

The Preservice Health Training modules train healthcare practitioners to be responsive to the needs of persons with developmental disabilities and their families. Each module imparts substantive knowledge to medical providers regarding developmental disabilities and gives communication strategies for the clinical setting. PHT tutorials are based on multi-media, interactive, virtual patient presentations and are evidence-based. Each tutorial allows the participant to print out a Certificate of Completion.

New Location! – As of March, 2019 all PHT tutorials are now updated and available on our HDI Learning site:

  • Women’s Healthcare: Presents a physician conducting a reproductive examination on an individual with a cognitive developmental disability.
  • Nurse Practitioners: Presents two cases that model a nurse practitioner treating an adolescent with Down syndrome and an infant with developmental disabilities.
  • Physician Assistants: Similar to the Nurse Practitioner Training, presents two cases that model a physician assistant treating an adolescent with Down syndrome and an infant with developmental delays.
  • Medical Students: Presents two cases that model physicians treating a young adult with cerebral palsy and a child with autism.
  • Dental Healthcare: Presents two cases that model a dentist treating a 10-year old child who has Down syndrome and an adult patient who has dual sensory impairment (deaf-blindness).

Working Together Towards Recovery: Treating Individuals with Developmental and Mental Health Needs

This module was created to improve mental health professionals’ abilities to provide competent, ethical services to adults with intellectual disabilities. This training tool, delivered via virtual patient scenarios and printed information, includes modules specifically directed toward disability etiquette, developmental and intellectual disabilities, accommodations, clinical considerations, ethics and legal issues, sexuality and relationships, and therapeutic progress and termination. Supporting references and other resources are also listed.