stories of prenatal diagnosis

While congenital anomalies are more common than we think, we rarely hear the stories of the people that have received a prenatal diagnosis. We have collated some stories here, to share with you the variety of reactions, experiences and outcomes.

Note: these stories appear in random order.

We understand that stories which may empower one person, may be unhelpful for another.

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Photo of Australian Birth Stories: Sarah Jade (podcast)

Australian Birth Stories: Sarah Jade (podcast)

After a long and traumatic 33 weeks of pregnancy, Sarah let go of her second child Aksel, who had severe brain malformations.

Photo of Grief, acceptance and special needs parenting: it’s complicated (blog)

Grief, acceptance and special needs parenting: it’s complicated (blog)

A mother’s reflection about grief, acceptance, joy and growth after continuing a pregnancy following a prenatal diagnosis.

Photo of Defiant Birth: Women who resist medical eugenics (book)

Defiant Birth: Women who resist medical eugenics (book)

Courageous stories of women who continued their pregnancies despite intense pressure from doctors, family members and social expectations.

Photo of The heartbreak of perinatal and infant loss (podcast)

The heartbreak of perinatal and infant loss (podcast)

Families shared their experiences of receiving life-limiting prenatal diagnoses and moving through pregnancy and perinatal palliative care.

Photo of One Screened Every Minute: Kaisi (podcast)

One Screened Every Minute: Kaisi (podcast)

Kaisi received a non-invasive prenatal screening result showing a high chance for Trisomy 18 or Edward’s Syndrome. This result came soon after she lost a twin who was stillborn. After many months of having the pregnancy monitored and gathering information, the couple chose to terminate.

Photo of Two Peas in a Podcast: Prenatal Diagnosis with Pea Friend Megan (podcast)

Two Peas in a Podcast: Prenatal Diagnosis with Pea Friend Megan (podcast)

Kate & Mandy talk with Pea friend Megan about the prenatal diagnosis she received when she was 14 weeks pregnant with her 4th baby, and the absolute roller coaster that followed.

Photo of Too Peas in a Podcast (podcast)

Too Peas in a Podcast (podcast)

Listen to Mandy and Kate laugh (a lot) and cry as they chat to each other and friends about parenting multiples with disabilities and additional needs. Some episodes feature stories that include prenatal diagnosis.

Photo of One Screened Every Minute: Belinda (podcast)

One Screened Every Minute: Belinda (podcast)

Belinda is a full time professional and mother of four children. She shares her experience of non-invasive prenatal screening and termination following a Trisomy 21 diagnosis. Belinda grew up as a hearing child of deaf parents.

Photo of A Story of a Medical Termination by Zena (Blog)

A Story of a Medical Termination by Zena (Blog)

To the newly bereaved parent,

Please know that you’re not alone. I want to share my story of medical termination.

Photo of Australian Birth Stories: Bianca (podcast)

Australian Birth Stories: Bianca (podcast)

An interview with Bianca who unexpectedly navigated the complex reality of a Downs Syndrome diagnosis. Despite multiple health professionals advising her to terminate, she chose to keep her baby, journeyed through a tumultuous pregnancy and delivered him at 34weeks via cesarean.

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Curveball: Late Termination (podcast)

In the Late Termination episode, Beth chats with three mothers who each received a prenatal diagnosis and decided to end their wanted pregnancies.

Photo of The agony of choosing termination for my baby who had foetal anomaly (article)

The agony of choosing termination for my baby who had foetal anomaly (article)

There is a silence around the death of a baby, and a greater hush around the issue of termination for foetal anomaly. Laura Doward shares her life-changing experience.

Photo of Mental health nursing and the prenatal diagnosis of a congenital anomaly; a narrative of experience (journal article)

Mental health nursing and the prenatal diagnosis of a congenital anomaly; a narrative of experience (journal article)

A first-person narrative by a mental health nurse who found out that her baby’s brain had developed differently when 32 weeks pregnant. The narrative moves through the news, decision-making and the early post-natal period as a new mother.

Photo of One Screened Every Minute (podcast)

One Screened Every Minute (podcast)

Ordinary people who have received extraordinary prenatal screening results. Join them at the crossroads.

Photo of Australian Birth Stories: Annabel Bower (podcast)

Australian Birth Stories: Annabel Bower (podcast)

Annabel Bower received a prenatal diagnosis of hydrocephalus at the 20 week scan, after a hemorrhage in utero. Annabel spoke of her need to change medical providers in order to receive the support and information she needed, before delivering her son Miles early and saying goodbye.

Photo of Stories and images from the CleftPALS family (PDFs)

Stories and images from the CleftPALS family (PDFs)

Some stories from the CleftPALS family (two include prenatal diagnosis)

Photo of A story of grief and healing: Efrem and Blandina (PDF book)

A story of grief and healing: Efrem and Blandina (PDF book)

After Efrem and Blandina made the difficult decision to terminate their pregnancy, they turned to writing their story to heal themselves and help others.

Photo of One Screened Every Minute: Naomi & Al (podcast)

One Screened Every Minute: Naomi & Al (podcast)

They are the parents of two boys – Frankie, who is seven and Joe. Joe passed away suddenly just before his second birthday. Only a few months later, Naomi became pregnant. They talk about the decision to terminate the pregnancy when a non-invasive prenatal screening showed a high chance of a chromosomal deletion.

Photo of One Screened Every Minute: Chantelle (podcast)

One Screened Every Minute: Chantelle (podcast)

When pregnant with her youngest son Chantelle received a high chance screening result for Trisomy 21 or Down syndrome. Chantelle talks us through how she and her husband, who initially had different ideas about continuing the pregnancy, navigated the decision-making that followed.

Photo of The Pink Elephants Support Network: TFMR shared stories (posts)

The Pink Elephants Support Network: TFMR shared stories (posts)

Five stories from parents who ended their wanted pregnancies following prenatal diagnoses.

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