LOVE, LOSS, AND COURAGE-THE DECISION TO CARRY A BABY TO TERM

ARTICLE  from the December CATHOLIC DIGEST by Carolee McGrath.  I just read this article and wanted to post the help available for parents who are told by their doctors that there is something wrong with their child and they should abort.

This article is about several couples who upon being told their child would not live, or were told by their doctor that “a diagnosis like this is incompatible with life. Then there was a long pause and he said, ‘So the next steps would be to schedule a time for you to come in for the procedure.’ Their doctor got very short with them and could not believe they would want to carry their baby to term.”

For all these couples, it was pretty much the same thing, everyone assumed they would abort since their baby wasn’t perfect, and would be ill or die shortly after birth.  They all said the same thing, THEY NEEDED SUPPORT TO HELP THEM THROUGH. For Steve and Annmarie while some people questioned and even criticized their decision to have their baby, Angelica, they said “God guided them to Isaiah’s Promise, an organization that supports parents who choose life after receiving a similar diagnosis.  The founder of Isaiah’s Promise, who had experienced the same grief, responded with immediate help for the couple.”

“SUPPORTING PARENTS CARRYING TO TERM IS A PRIVILEGE. BEING A PART OF ANY BABY’S STORY IS A GIFT, AND WHEN A PRENATAL DIAGNOSIS GIVES THE INDICATION THAT A LIFE MAY BE ESPECIALLY FRAIL OR BRIEF, EVERY MOMENT BECOMES MORE PRECIOUS.,” Tracy of BE NOT AFRAID said.

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Come to find out there are several organization ready to support parents who make the correct but tough decision to carry their baby to term. Here is a list:

ISAIAH’S PROMISE, STARTED IN 1996. IN THE WASHINGTON, DC AREA.

BE NOT AFRAID,A CATHOLIC NON-PROFIT LAUCHED BY THREE MOTHERS IN 2009 IN THE DIOCESE OF CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA.

MY CHILD MY GIFT IN THE DIOCESE OF PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND. STARTED BY MADELINE NUGENT.

Also: books written by women with the same experiences:

MY CHILD, MY GIFT: A POSITIVE RESPONSE TO SERIOUS PRENATAL DIAGNOSIS. by Madeline Nugent of  Rhode Island

FOR THE LOVE OF ANGELA, written by Nancy Mayer-Whittington who began Isaiah’s Promise.

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I hope that this information will help women and couples who have to make these kinds of decisions and give them the support they need. If you want to help or start a group in your area, You could contact one of these groups.  The article mentions that there are several other groups and Tracy Winsor of Be Not Afraid, in Charlotte, North Carolina, also refers couples to other groups.

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