Following a pregnancy fraught with every possibility of having a baby born with a chromosomal abnormality, the diagnosis has finally arrived. The good news; our baby does not have down Syndrome – the bad news is, it is something much worse.
It can be heartwrenching for any parent having to visit their newborn baby in the Special Care Nursery but the staff make the experience less frightening. Their expertise is in looking after babies with special needs.
The Intensive Care Unit of any hospital is at once frightening and a place where miracles happen. Our baby was born against the odds but through the dedication of the staff of the neo-natal intensive care she had a good chance of survival.
Women have been giving birth naturally since time began but when the life of baby or mother is threatened, an emergency Caesarean Secion might have to be performed.
The eleven week ultrasound can give an indication of any chromosomal abnormalities in the foetus. If the test is positive a woman may be faced with the choice of terminating the pregnancy. One mother shares her turmoil on being given this news.
Follow the pregnancy of a woman as she unfolds the dilemnas, risks and uncertainties of being pregnant in her forties. From first trimester to final trimester she is faced with the possibilites of having a baby born with chromosome abnormalities.