You may feel that you need some time to digest the news before telling others, but how do you go about it – do you say your child has a disability and not go into detail, or do you specify the disability and explain what this means? It may be that you only chose to go into detail with other people once you have had time to get to know your child and to research and understand their disability for yourself.
For the first few years of my daughter's life I didn't want to know anything about her disability, so telling others was difficult. I wasn't in denial, I just wanted to get to know my child before having to deal with the future. Telling my friends was difficult but they were very supportive – they researched Down's syndrome themselves but respected my choice by not telling me what they had found out.