Prenatal diagnosis is more common than you may guess.
Many expectant parents receive the news that their unborn baby has a difference in their health, development or genetics. This news is often unexpected.
Many parents experience shock, distress and trauma upon hearing that their baby has an anomaly or variation that may lead to an altered development path, medical care or early death. At times it’s very hard to cope with the news or decisions, at times it’s very hard to cope with the way in which the news is delivered or how others respond.
Parents face the barrage of complex health information to try and make sense of what the information means for their baby, self and family. The news often brings decisions about further tests and the option to continue or end the pregnancy, often a decision to be made when there is much uncertainty.
For many, a diagnosis and decision may only be the start of the journey through the unexpected.