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Texas Mom Discovers Her Baby Has Down Syndrome During Emotional Water Birth

When a couple finds out that they are pregnant, all they really want is to have a healthy, happy baby. Amber Rojas from Cedar Hill, Texas, knew that something was different about her daughter, Ami, from the moment she was born.

Amber told PEOPLE, “Having four kids at that point, I knew exactly what every single one of my kids looked like when they were born. But as soon as I picked Ami up out of the water, I noticed her eyes were slanting opposite the way that my kid’s eyes slant…”.

The mom continued, saying “…I thought to myself, ‘I think she has Down Syndrome’”. According to, the mom of five is 35-years-old and named her fifth baby Amadeus. Her and her husband, Fernando, have nicknamed the baby Ami.

The baby was born in September and this is Amber’s second water birth. According to PEOPLE, the mom also notes that throughout her pregnancy she could sense that something was “different”.

On top of something being “different” throughout her pregnancy, she also felt that the actual birthing process was much harder than her last water birth. Her first water birth was with her fourth child.

She continued telling PEOPLE, “Other than that, she’s just like all of my other kids. We love her just the same and we were just excited to be able to meet her”.

Rojas tells PEOPLE that in her 20-week sonogram appointment, there were no signs of risks for a heart defect or Down syndrome. In fact, she received full prenatal care through her midwife’s agency and regularly got sonograms at the hospital.  

Rojas tells PEOPLE, “As we were moving forward with getting out of the tub and getting Ami checked, I started to notice it more and more”. According to PEOPLE, her midwife told her, ‘I don’t want to worry you, but we believe that your daughter could have Down syndrome’.

Eventually, doctors had confirmed that Ami does, in fact, have Down syndrome as well as a heart defect. It’s been 5 months now, and this past Tuesday Ami underwent an open heart surgery. PEOPLE reports that she is doing well, despite being hospitalized with a breathing tube.

Rojas tells PEOPLE, “I feel like kids who are born with disabilities, their disabilities are only as big as what people allow it to be. She’s going to be stronger because she is part of this big, giant family…she completes our family”.

Rojas first shared her story on Love What Matters. There she notes that her other children, Xavier, twins Zayden and Kaydence and baby Ezra initially worried that their sister would face bullies due to her condition. But with such a close, tight-knit family, there is nothing that Ami can’t accomplish or get through.

Birth Unscripted / Love What Matters

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