Ending a Wanted Pregnancy

Ending a Wanted Pregnancy
When it comes to ending a wanted pregnancy, it may seem like you are the only one. Let us assure you, you are not alone.

Not all pregnancies have a fairy tale ending. If you’ve received a severe prenatal or maternal diagnosis and have decided to end your wanted pregnancy, this website exists to provide you understanding, comfort, and support. Here, you will find the empathy, compassion. and solace you deserve following this uncommon, traumatic and often misunderstood form of pregnancy loss.

You are not alone. It’s estimated that between 92% and 98% of all parents facing a tragic prenatal diagnosis or serious maternal health issue will elect to end the pregnancy, yet this nightmare scenario often leaves us feeling isolated. While support for other kinds of prenatal loss is easy to find, when it comes to ending a wanted pregnancy, it may seem like you are the only one. Let us assure you, many parents have walked this difficult path ahead of you. Through this site they reach out to you with empathy, understanding, hope and encouragement to help you cope with this uncommon type of pregnancy loss.

If you’re a medical or mental health care provider seeking a supportive environment for your patients in this situation, please download and share our printable brochure.

Parent-To-Parent Support

We invite you to join our private support group. Here you will find friendship and understanding to help you along on your road to healing. Our private support group is open only to those who’ve ended a pregnancy following a prenatal diagnosis or due to maternal health issues.

Share Your Story

Our Stories Index will lead you to the stories of the parents who have been there before you. Check the index to find stories involving a particular diagnosis or situation, or simply enter the appropriate term into the search bar. Please consider contributing your own story of ending a wanted pregnancy. Just write it up—we’ll take care of any editing—and copy and paste it into the body of an email to us. We’ll notify you when your story is published. Your name will not be published unless you specifically request us to do so.

Memorial Butterfly Garden

Memorialize your baby at our Butterfly Garden.

About Ending A Wanted Pregnancy

For more information about who we are, what we do and why we do it, please visit our About Ending a Wanted Pregnancy page.

We sincerely thank Maribeth Doerr for creating this community in 1996. Maribeth, your vision has given countless grieving hearts a place to gather and heal. We are forever grateful to you.


Artwork: John William Waterhouse {public domain}, via Wikimedia Commons