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About Dr. Julia Kinder and MyBabyWithDownSyndrome.com

Dr. Julia Kinder with her husband Mitch, daughter Ella, and twin sons Paxton and Dexter.Dr. Julia A. Pewitt Kinder is an accomplished national speaker, early childhood education advocate, Down syndrome consultant, author, and board-certified family practice physician. She and husband Mitch reside in Cape Girardeau, Mo., with their three children. Her daughter Ella, the inspiration for www.MyBabyWithDownSyndrome.com, was born with that one extra chromosome (commonly known as Down syndrome).

This Website and Online Store were created to assist other parents of children with Down syndrome who are eager to maximize their child's developmental potential and to give them ways to promote Down syndrome awareness so that myths are dispelled and barriers removed from our children. Dr. Kinder understands what it is like to be a busy parent of a child with special needs, and deals with the same issues as you in her own life:

  • Battling the worry and guilt that no matter how much you organize, multi-task, schedule, plan, and pass-up sleep to get more done - there's always something more you could have/should have done for your child with special needs while not neglecting the rest of your family.
  • Wondering how in the world you can find time to teach your baby and practice all those therapy goals.
  • Adjusting to life with a child who has Special Needs and feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information to learn; it's as if you must become not only a mom but a teacher and therapist.
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  • Attempting to achieve balance between a career and family while remembering to take care of yourself.
  • Struggling to find time to exercise and stay fit when you have an impossibly busy schedule.
  • And most importantly, remembering to keep your life's dreams and goals in sight, without allowing life's struggles and mundane daily routines to knock you off course. Dr. Kinder achieves this in her own life through her philosophy that Right Now™ is the only time we have: the past is gone and the future is uncertain, and so in each moment - every Right Now -we must make choices to create the life we want.


Julia's Inspiration

Dr. Julia Kinder with her husband MitchJulia met Mitch:

The couple have been married 10 years and live in Cape Girardeau, where Julia is a practicing physician, consultant, speaker, and author. Mitch owns and operates Kinder Homes.

Meet Paxton and Dexter:

Paxton and DexterThe twins arrived January 7, 2010, during a blizzard. Big sister Ella proudly pushed their bassinet down the hospital hallways, introducing them at the top of her lungs "These are my baby brothers, Mike and Spike!"

Dexter, outgoing and the first to try everything, loves music, dancing, and reading. He plans to own an upscale restaurant and jazz club.

Paxton, reserved and thoughtful, has a smile to melt your heart. When he’s not eating, he enjoys any activity that involves a ball. Look for Paxton as CNN’s newest anchorperson.

Meet Ella:

EllaHer favorite color is black, and she loves Elvis and the Beach Boys. Hobbies include swimming, reading and painting, and sweet-talking her way into a helping of "familla" ice cream from Andy’s as often as possible. The nine-year-old is the inspiration behind ENK (literally…ENK was created from Ella’s initials). After Ella’s birth in 2004, Mitch and Julia learned that she has Down syndrome. The diagnosis — and the way it was delivered — was difficult for the couple to cope with. Eventually, the lack of accurate information about Down syndrome — and children with special needs in general — prompted Julia to create ENK and the Teaching Your Baby Right Now series of interactive learning tools.


More about Dr. Julia Kinder

Dr. Julia Kinder, DO - Physician, Down Syndrome Expert and AdvocateWhy did Dr. Kinder create this site? Her own quote says it all, "My ultimate goal is for the birth of every baby with Down syndrome to be celebrated, and for every baby to receive the care required to maximize their developmental potential."

As a leading Down syndrome expert and advocate, Dr. Kinder has four goals:

1) To ensure each baby born with Down syndrome is celebrated. (More here...)

2) To change society's perception of Down syndrome and show the UPside of Down. (More here...)

3) To help parents maximize their baby's developmental potential through Early Childhood Education Products and Parent Thrival Guides and many of the resources listed in the My Baby With Down Syndrome section.

4) To change what medical students are taught, ensuring they are provided with updated and complete information about Down syndrome. With an educated medical community, all new parents of babies with Down syndrome will receive accurate information and resources for maximizing their child's developmental potential. (More here...)

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Dr. Julia Kinder - Practicing PhysicianDr. Kinder received her medical degree from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glendale, Arizona. Dr. Kinder completed residency and internship at the Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas, Forth Worth, Texas.

Dr. Kinder is Board Certified in Family Practice through the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. She is licensed to practice medicine in the states of Missouri and Texas, and is currently in private practice in Jackson, Missouri. [Please note: Dr. Kinder's medical licenses are listed under her maiden name Julia A Pewitt.]

National Speaker

Dr. Julia Kinder - National Speaker on the topics of Down syndrome, Children with Special Needs, Fitness and Exercise, and Physician Career Change Dr. Kinder has established herself as an authority on a variety of topics including corporate and employee wellness, fitness, early childhood education, and Down syndrome.

Dr. Kinder combines her medical background with her passion for health and living Right Now to create powerful presentations –with a touch of humor- to reach any audience. Since 2007, she has lectured to over 30 audiences across the country.


Dr. Julia Kinder - Advocate for Down syndrome and children with Special NeedsDr. Kinder is mom to Ella, who has Down syndrome, and twins Dexter and Paxton. Working directly with healthcare organizations and private physician practices, Dr. Kinder provides valuable insight into early childhood development skills for children with Down Syndrome.

Dr. Kinder works closely with labor and delivery teams, obstetricians and pediatricians to educate these medical professionals on how to communicate with the family of a child who has special needs.


Dr. Kinder provides a friend/doctor/expert to confide in and to ask questions of regarding Down syndrome, Early Childhood Education, Health/Wellness & Fitness, and Physician Career Change. Dr. Kinder is there to listen and provide practical information to empower you to take action on behalf of your child with Down syndrome. Dr. Julia Kinder is a respected Down syndrome Consultant having established herself as a Down syndrome expert over the past 9 years. Providing consulting services to hundreds of parents, Dr. Kinder creates individualized plans to maximize the child's development while saving parents time, money, and frustration. (See Consultation packages - click here.)

Dr. Kinder is a friend and doctor with years of experience, who will discuss your questions and concerns and help you find solutions to issues in your child's development. Dr. Kinder provides practical information for busy families. You can trust one of the world's leading experts on Down syndrome.



Thrival Guides, Early Childhood Education, and Teaching Baby Products

Right Now™ Series of Word Family Books: All 5 Books. Teach your child words in a fun and entertaining way! Make the most of every opportunity to teach your baby.It is important to note that the Down syndrome Thrival Guides, Teach Baby, and ENK™ educational products were all developed personally by Dr. Kinder. After Ella was born, Dr. Kinder set out on a mission to discover how to teach and keep on track developmentally a child with Down syndrome. She consulted physical, occupational, speech, developmental, music, and oral-motor therapists as well as doctors and teachers. She researched extensively available toys, books, and other educational products and found, to her dismay, that many of the things needed for Ella simply did not exist. This meant Dr. Kinder would spend hours, days - weeks creating what Ella needed to give her the best chance at thriving, and not just surviving.

At first, the products Dr. Kinder developed were just for Ella - and Ella did well, staying on-track developmentally and often ahead of suggested guidelines. When Ella’s twin brothers were born, Dr Kinder used the same educational tools to teach them, again with success. With her knowledge of early brain development, she realized these products were needed by ALL children, as birth to age five is the best time to teach a child.

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Dr. Kinder vowed to make life easier for other new parents by developing products that make teaching their child fun and convenient; parents can teach during their normal daily routine without having to find non-existent extra time.

Though she cannot guarantee the same results for all children with Down syndrome, the educational products Dr. Kinder developed worked for her daughter. Ella was able to read at 19 months and has kept on track developmentally, even starting kindergarten a whole year early. The products can be used not only for children with Down syndrome and other Special Needs but for any child. The products allow for making the most of every opportunity to teach - from mealtime to nap time to even riding in the car. The current collection of educational products available on this website is constantly being expanded and updated, so please check back often.

View these products here: Down syndrome products and Teaching Baby products.


Exercise Right Now™ and Fitness Products for Busy Parents

Exercise Right Now™ and Fitness Products. Get fit without adding extra time into your day to go to the gym by using every day moments to exercise: while standing in line, while working in your office, even while waiting at a red light!Dr. Kinder developed the concept of "Are You Exercising Right Now?" 15 years ago to help recover from an injury. After tearing several shoulder muscles, she needed to practice rehabilitation and strength training exercises -but working full-time, she found it impossible to find extra time in her day for exercise.

With her medical training, she knew every bit of exercise counted, and that she didn’t have to set aside large chunks of time. And so she started exercising every chance she had - between patients, while getting gas or folding clothes, and even when brushing her teeth. She not only got stronger, but noticed an increase in energy, her moods improved, and she had less "brain-fog." She shared these techniques with patients and friends who were excited it could be so easy to get into shape- without hours at the gym.

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The only pitfall she discovered, as with any exercise routine, was that if unexpected things popped up in her schedule, she would forget to exercise that day. When life got really crazy, a few days of missed exercise could turn into a week. That’s when she started developing exercise reminders to keep in the car, at work, and on the microwave to get her back into the habit of exercising at every opportunity.

When Dr. Kinder began developing her exercise ideas into products, she did so with busy parents in mind, as she had three jobs, a child with Down syndrome, and newborn twin boys! The exercises can be done anytime, anywhere (she purposefully created exercises she could do while grocery shopping without anyone knowing - no, you won’t be embarrassed to do them!), and by anyone of any fitness level. As you read this, you could have been "Exercising Right Now," too!

View these products here: Exercise Right Now™ and Fitness Products.


Down Syndrome Celebration - National Down Syndrome Month October 2013 - Join Dr. Kinder and help show the medical community, society, and new parents the 'UPside of Down™'.

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