Actor Caterina Scorsone is a familiar face to the many moms who've binge-watched Private Practice and Grey's Anatomy while feeding babies late at night.
Scorsone is not a real-life doctor, but she is a trained doula and knows a lot about what women experience as they become mothers, but when her second child was born with Down Syndrome, Scorsone's perspective on motherhood shifted massively.
On the latest episode of The Motherly Podcast, sponsored by Prudential, Scorsone tells Motherly co-founder Liz Tenety that when her now 2-year-old daughter Paloma was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, her "whole concept of what motherhood was had to shift."
With her older daughter, Eliza, Scorsone felt she had a good understanding of what her job was as a mom: She was preparing her daughter to survive in a competitive world by giving her the education and skills she would need.
But when Paloma was born, Scorsone had to reframe what it means to be a parent. Paloma's arrival taught her that parenting isn't about paving a path of success for a child, but about being a home for a child while they create their own path through life.
Like a lot of parents of children with cognitive, neurological or...