One Screened Every Minute: Naomi & Al (podcast) » stories of prenatal diagnosis

We know that prenatal diagnosis is more common than many think. Yet, we rarely hear the stories of the people that have received unexpected news about the health, development or genetics of their unborn baby. We wish to change that so parents no longer feel hidden or isolated.

We have collated parents stories to share with the variety of reactions, experiences and outcomes.


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The decision-making category includes stories that reflect the vast array of potential experiences.

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Episode 5 – Naomi and Al‘We had to have some hard conversations about whether to continue with the pregnancy.’

Naomi is a midwife and Al is an architect. 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.

Naomi and Al share what they have learnt about pre-natal screening as they’ve climbed, in their words, ‘the Everest of grief’.


Featured on One Screened Every Minute:
“A podcast bringing you conversations with ordinary people who have received extraordinary information about chromosomal differences in their pregnancy.

Prospective parents are increasingly encouraged to seek relief and reassurance earlier in pregnancy through non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPT). But what if the results are unexpected? What if they raise more questions than answers?

In this first series, host Elizabeth Callinan speaks with Sallie, Kaisi, Chantelle, Naomi and Al and Belinda about how they navigated the options available to them after screening results showed a high chance of chromosomal differences.

These stories are shared so we can learn but not judge and as non-invasive prenatal screening is becoming a routine part of pregnancy, they need our urgent attention.”