Trisomy 18 (Edward's syndrome)

I Always Knew I Wanted to be a Mother

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By C.G. As a little girl I dreamed of my future complete with a handsome husband, a successful career, a house with a white picket fence, fancy clothes, fast cars and beautiful, healthy children. I always wanted at least two children. I never realized how important that part of my dream was until I lost a child. Then rest became insignificant. I was fortunate enough to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. I bought my first house right out of vet school and married my handsome, perfect college sweetheart. I sold my old car and leased my brand new dream car a year into my […]

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Sam’s Story

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By Kim & Guy My husband and I have been trying to conceive for some time. I had had major abdominal surgery as a teenager and there were fears of scar tissue and surgical complications. This surgery was an ominous sign to the doctor and sure enough, an HSG confirmed both my tubes were completely blocked by scar tissue. We were immediately referred to an IVF clinic for IVF and ICSI. A fresh cycle didn’t work but in July, after an FET of 3 embryos, it was confirmed that I was pregnant. Late in August a scan confirmed that at least one hardy little embryo […]

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Nothing Good Comes Easy

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By Timothy’s Mother My husband and I got married in March 2002 and were very excited, and eager to begin our family. To my surprise I found out I was pregnant only a few months later. All my life I had dreamed of that moment. Having a baby was my whole reason for everything I had ever done up to that point in time. All my baby dolls from my childhood were still in excellent condition, evidence of the superb care I had shown them. I had worked with children as a mother’s helper, babysitter, camp counselor, daycare teacher, and classroom teacher. It was finally […]

Diagnosis Information

What is Trisomy 18?

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Trisomy 18 (Edward’s syndrome) is a relatively common syndrome caused by the presence of an extra number 18 chromosome, which leads to multiple abnormalities including severe mental retardation, digestive problems, heart failure, renal failure, respiratory failure, blindness, deafness and extreme physical limitations. Many of these abnormalities make it hard for infants to live longer than a few months. For more information on Trisomy 18, visit: PubMed Health – Trisomy 18 Genetic Home Reference – What is Trisomy 18 eMedicine – Trisomy 18 MedicineNet – Trisomy 18 (Edward’s syndrome) Ending a Wanted Pregnancy stories involving Trisomy 18 (Edward’s syndrome)  

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Our Babies In Heaven: This I Believe Essay #63009

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I believe it is okay to say out loud that I have had two abortions. I believe I would make the same decision again. By Anne Entered on April 10, 2009 Themes: birth, faith & religion, values & spirituality I believe that it is the hardest thing I have ever done, to say goodbye to my babies because they had sad prenatal diagnoses. I believe it is harder than being my mother’s support person when she was hospice dying from lung cancer. I believe it is harder than all the children I helped take off life support, when I was in training to become a […]