Too Peas in a Podcast (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.


  • These stories appear in random order.
  • Stories which help one person, may be unhelpful for another.

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

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About the resource

Too Peas in a Podcast is an Australian podcast hosted by Mandy Hose and Kate Jones, who chat, cry and laugh with each other and friends about parenting children with disabilities and additional needs.

Some specific episodes feature stories that include prenatal diagnosis:

  • Prenatal diagnosis with pea friend Megan – 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. Megan was told that her baby had a hydrops fetalis, which was not compatible with life. Her baby also had several chromosomal abnormalities that would mean severe disability if she would make it to term at all. But by 20 weeks, all the fluid retention had disappeared and there was no sign of hydrops fetalis, nor of a number of chromosomal abnormalities that were found earlier in the pregnancy. Her baby had ‘just’ Down Syndrome. She ended up having her baby girl at 37 weeks and after some time in the NICU, she is now a very happy 2 year old. What a journey.
  • Twin pregnancy, twin to twin transfusion – Mandy and Kate talk about being pregnant with twins, the prenatal diagnosis of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome and the scary reality of giving birth before your due date
  • Pea friend Alison – Kate & Mandy talk to super pea Alison. Alison speaks openly about her pregnancy with identical twins, the prenatal diagnosis of twin-to-twin transfusion, the birth of the twins at 27.4 weeks, the very worrying weeks and months after, and a kidney transplant which left her husband with a brain injury.