Darling Ronja

Our child has Down's syndrome

Original Title: Geliebte Ronja

Hardcover with jacket, 224 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-466-37263-8
€ 20.00 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Kösel

Date of publication: May 24, 2021


Gundula  Rath-Bingart - Darling Ronja


What's normal, after all?

"Your child has a so-called atrioventricular septal defect, and we can see three copies of chromosome 21. So it's definitely Down's syndrome. Ronja will need a heart operation within the first few months."

This is the diagnosis Gundula Rath received when she was twenty-four weeks pregnant. At first there was shock, grief and irrational feelings of guilt – but she soon developed an intense bond with, and love for, her unborn daughter.

When the parents decide not to have an abortion, some people around them react with sheer disbelief. This experience prompted the mother to put her life with Ronja into words, and she started the blog geliebte-ronja.com. Here, she tells us about her eventful, happy, sometimes difficult, but also entirely normal life with Ronja, and intelligently reflects on our society's attitude to children with special needs.


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