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) endingawantedpregnancy.com. 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.
Stories by Diagnosis
Congenital Heart Defects (CHDs)
Hydrops Fetalis (Fetal Hydrops)
Megacystis Microcolon Intestinal Hypoperistalsis Syndrome (MMIHS or Berdon Syndrome)
Neural Tube Defects (NTDs) all
Potter Syndrome (Potter Sequence)
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)
Ending a Wanted Pregnancy Stories by Termination Procedure
Stories by Situation
Hereditary Disorders (includes translocations)
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