Parents’ Stories of Ending a Wanted Pregnancy

Stories about ending a wanted pregnancy
We hope the stories shared at Ending a Wanted Pregnancy will help and comfort you through your time of loss.

We have collected stories told by mothers and fathers who have been through the heartbreaking decision to end a wanted pregnancy due to poor prenatal diagnosis or for maternal health reasons. Simply scroll through the list of diagnoses or types of termination to see tagged stories. But regardless of the diagnosis or termination type, the stories told here may help you understand that others have been where you are, and that you can find a path through your loss.

In addition to alphabetical list of diagnoses below, you may also find it useful to use the “Search” bar on the left, entering keywords such as another diagnosis, a medical procedure, or other situations such as infertility, multiple losses, divorce, single parent, or a religion.

If you do not find the diagnosis that led to your decision listed here (or even if you do), please share your story with us by sending it in as text (no attachments please) to info (at) Your story may help other parents who are going through similar grief now, and in the future. We care about your privacy: You will not be identified in your story unless you specifically request we do so.

As you read our stories, please keep in mind that most were written by laypeople rather than medical professionals. For the most accurate information and prognosis of a specific birth defect or genetic condition, please consult with your medical care provider or genetic counselor.

Read more about how and why to share your story with Ending a Wanted Pregnancy.

Stories by Diagnosis

Achondrogenesis Type II

Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum

Alobar Holoprosencephaly

Amniotic Band Syndrome



Autosomal Recessive Amyoplasia

Brain Defect

Chromosome Deletion

Chromosome 9 Trisomy

Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs)

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Hygroma

Dandy Walker Syndrome



Hydrops Fetalis (Fetal Hydrops)

Hyperemesis Gravidarium

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)

Kidney or Renal Disorder all

Megacystis Microcolon Intestinal Hypoperistalsis Syndrome (MMIHS or Berdon Syndrome)

Neural Tube Defects (NTDs) all



Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV)

Potter Syndrome (Potter Sequence)

Spina Bifida

Skeletal Dysplasia

Thanatophoric Dysplasia


Trisomy 9 (Chromosome 9 Trisomy Mosiac or Complete)

Trisomy 13 (Patau Syndrome)

Trisomy 18 (Edward Syndrome)

Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome)

Trisomy Y (48 XYYY)

Turner Syndrome (45 X)

Twin To Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)


Wolf-Hirschshorn Syndrome (WHS)


Ending a Wanted Pregnancy Stories by Termination Procedure

Dilation & Extraction

Induction, Labor & Delivery

Termination After 24 Weeks Gestation


Stories by Situation

Catholic Families

Hereditary Disorders (includes translocations)


Parent of Child with Disabilities

Multiple Losses

Rare Diagnosis

Single Mother

Teen Pregnancy

Twin or Multiple Pregnancy


Rainbow Babies: After Loss, Our Happy Endings

Rainbow Babies



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