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When this mum gave birth to her fifth child, a baby girl she named Amadeus, she instantly knew something was unusual.

Amber Rojas, 35, from Texas, had what she called a “hard and fast” water birth, then was ready to meet her new little one.

“Next thing I know, my sweet baby is in my arms and [I have] so many emotions,” she tells Health. “As soon as I looked down, I saw it. I saw it in my baby’s face. I thought to myself…my baby has Down syndrome.”

These beautiful moments were captured by Amanda Gipson of Birth Unscripted.

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Her midwife thought that Ami showed signs of Down syndrome. It was surprising; although Rojas was 35 and thus at a higher risk of having a baby with Down, a sonogram done during her pregnancy showed “zero” signs of concern, she says.

The family took the newborn to the hospital, where doctors confirmed Rojas’ suspicion.

“I immediately became a worker bee,” she says. “I wanted to know everything they knew about babies with Down syndrome so I could best care for my daughter. We didn’t care that she had Down syndrome because we were all obsessed with her!”

“Mom guilt is strong and real,” she says. “While I feel we all try to share and educate, some don’t accept it the way we do. Many have called my daughter sick, or have asked what’s wrong with her. I’ve come to the understanding that some just don’t and won’t receive her diagnosis the way we do. And that’s hard.”

“Our family was going a million different ways, and Amadeus has brought us together,” she says. “We are learning together about a whole community that we never knew anything about! But at the end of the day she is our baby and we are her family. To us she is perfect. We don’t see her diagnosis or her label…We see Amadeus Reign Rojas.”

Such a precious little bundle of joy.

Related – Mum’s letter to the doctor who advised her to abort down syndrome baby

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  • I am from SA. I hope your baby recovers quickly from her heart surgery. Many babies with Down Syndrome have heart problems. I am so pleased they are able to correct your baby’s heart problem, something they didn’t try to do many years ago. Down Syndrome babies are often more affectionate than others. As they get older they have hidden talents that many people don’t recognise and encourage development of.
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  • I hope she takes time to enjoy her beautiful baby daughter.

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  • I love the last picture. What a beautiful smile. Welcome to the world, Amadeus! :-)

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  • This is a beautiful story :)

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