Meet Elena Fong: Mother Of 2 (Under 2) & Down Syndrome Advocate

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano
1:00 pm
08/28/18

Photographed by Maria Del Rio

The journey to motherhood isn’t always according to plan. Especially in the case of Elena Fong. The Oakland mother of two (Wynter, 2, and Nova, 8 months), has been through more twists and turns than most, starting with 3 years of trying for a baby, one round of IVF, a Down syndrome diagnosis, and…surprise!…another baby conceived “naturally” just 6 months after her first was born. Now with a tot on each hip, Fong isn’t only juggling motherhood, a relationship, and a part-time job in fashion, she’s also becoming a voice and advocate for getting children and adults with Down syndrome (and other “different abilities”) more visibility, as well as speaking up for women suffering from postpartum mood disorders. Click through her story to learn more and—no doubt—walk away inspired.

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5 comments

Carissa

I ws pretty disappointed when I clicked over from Insta to find mostly a slideshow of cute photos of their nursery and wardrobe with no content. Wasn’t there anything more to say?

Alex

This is my favourite Mothermag post yet.
There’s an Australian show called “You Can’t Ask That”, which aims to educate people about marginalised groups in their own words. I’ve included a link that I think will be able to be viewed outside Australia.

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5i8sf6

Samantha

Thank you for your vulnerability about postpartum anxiety. “A work in progress” is a perfect way to describe it. After a very harrowing birth, finding myself pregnant 3 months later (!?) and a year of monitoring my first son whilst trying to juggle two under two (actually two under one for the first two weeks of his life!) I related so much to this feature. Thanks for keepin’ it real. :)

Tully

I really like that you’ve featured a mum who doesn’t have some trendy beauty/jewellery/fashion/homewares/dj business running on the side of mumming it! I was a full time homemaker for years (while studying) and these days it seems like this is in the minority while there’s so much pressure to live an instagrammable/resume worthy life. Advocating for those caring roles sure is important! Love this story! Love Elena’s devotion and passion!

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