Texas mom Amber Rojas felt something was a bit off about her fifth pregnancy.
Even though she had excellent prenatal care and doctors were telling her not to worry about a thing, she had a feeling in her gut that something was different. Still, she decided to move forward with her plans to have a water birth at home.
Amber, her husband Fernando, and their five kids all live in Cedar Hill, Texas. Instead of a baby shower, they opted to get a photographer to capture the magic during her water birth.
“Next thing I know, my sweet baby is in my arms, and as soon as I looked down I saw it,” she shared. “I saw it in my baby’s face. I thought to myself: ‘My baby has Down syndrome.'”
Amber and her husband took Amadeus, nicknamed Ami, to the hospital after the midwife confirmed that Ami showed signs of Down Syndrome.
At the hospital, Amber received a formal diagnosis, but doctors also discovered that little Ami had a congenital heart defect.
Ami had heart surgery shortly after her diagnosis and is growing stronger by the day.
About half of children with Down syndrome are also born with heart defects. In an effort to bring awareness to congenital heart diseases like Ami’s, the family designed t-shirts and sold them to friends and family. They’ve also been sharing updates using the hashtag #amitourage.
“To me she’s just like all of us,” Amber says. “We are just doing our life the best we know how, and now are not only able to share our love for our kids, but also to help bring awareness to families with children with Down syndrome, and help other families do the same.”