If there’s one thing you take from today it should be this important message from Dr. Amelia Shepherd

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Caterina Scorsone with her daughter, Paloma.
Caterina Scorsone with her daughter, Paloma.

You’ve probably seen Caterina Scorsone onscreen as Dr. Amelia Shepherd, the outspoken and confident younger sister of the late Dr. Derek Shepherd (*cries* – it still hurts) in the only tearjerker we voluntarily put ourselves through once a week, Grey’s Anatomy. Offscreen though, the mother of two is just as, if not more, proud, strong and honest, especially when it comes to her family and the causes she believes in. And we are here for it!

The 36-year-old welcomed her second child with husband Rob Giles in November 2016, daughter Paloma Michaela Giles, born with an extra chromosome. She’s since posted numerous images advocating for Down syndrome, in-between the most adorable images of her little girl. But her latest post has easily become our favourite one, accompanied by a very powerful and important message we think everyone should read this Down Syndrome Awareness Month.


Do you have a child with Down syndrome? How have they changed your life and coloured your world? Tell us by emailing your letters to chatback@parent24.com and we may publish it on the site. Do let us know if you'd like to remain anonymous.


“Here’s a little info," she writes. "1 in 700 babies is born with Down syndrome. Language is important. Parents don’t have a 1 in 700 “RISK” of having a baby with Down syndrome. Parents have a 1 in 700 CHANCE of having a baby with Down syndrome, just like they have a 50% CHANCE of having a girl and a 50% CHANCE of having a boy. (With some beautiful variations in there as well).”

Say it louder for the people in the back, Caterina: “Differences are beautiful. Language changes how people think. Words are important.”

“#hitthejackpot #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit” 

Do you have a child with Down syndrome? How have they changed your life and coloured your world? Tell us by emailing your letters to chatback@parent24.com and we may publish it on the site. Do let us know if you'd like to remain anonymous.

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