Congenital Heart Defects

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Happy rainbow baby

My happy rainbow baby at 6 months. Why my “rainbow baby” owes his existence to legal abortion Grace O. About nine months after making my heartwrenching choice to end my 20-week pregnancy due to a combination Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome and Down syndrome, I conceived again. That was a tough decision, one I had to make all over again each month that I did not get pregnant. Getting pregnant again is not a decision I would have made if abortion had not been legal. After what we’d been though, it was terrifying to even consider trying again. I now understood only too well that poor […]

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Cupid’s arrow

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Grace O. Few things irritate me more than people griping about how much they hate Valentine’s Day. “It’s just a Hallmark holiday,” they whine, “Why can’t people say I love you every day instead of waiting for Valentine’s Day? I hate chocolates. I never have a date. Roses are a waste of money. It’s stupid.” These petty complaints crop up every year. And I have to stuff my response, resist the temptation to stun the complainers out of their self-absorbed grousing about how tough it is for them to tolerate another Valentine’s Day. So I let them sulk about romance, or polish their tiresome hipster cred […]

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About Nancy W.

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Nancy W. As a mom who had to end her wanted pregnancy back in 1991, as well as a medical social worker with a specialty in maternal-child social work, a pediatric physical therapist, a hospital chaplain, a childbirth instructor, as well as a hospice founder, I have a unique opportunity to share with you at this time of crisis in your life. I have degrees in both physical therapy and social work. When I was in my twenties, my first husband died from malignant melanoma. After his death, I became very involved with the early Hospice movement in America. I remarried in my thirties and […]

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What is Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome)?

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Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) is a chromosomal disorder caused by an error in cell division that results in the presence of an additional third chromosome 21. It is the most frequent genetic cause of mild to moderate cognitive disabilities and is highly associated with several medical conditions including heart defects, congenital hypothyroidism, intestinal problems, hearing loss and vision disorders, and early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The article Down syndrome, a closer look offers a comprehensive list of links to information on Trisomy 21. For more information on Trisomy 21 visit : NICHD Nation Institute of Child Health & Human Development March of Dimes Foundation Medline Plus U.S. National Library […]

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Down Syndrome: A Closer Look

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  Down syndrome: What Is It? An interactive presentation by YourGenesYourHealth.org Facts About Down syndrome By the National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS) What Is Down syndrome? By the National Institutes of Health; National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) Down syndrome Associated Conditions By the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) Down syndrome Fact Page By Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters, Norfolk, Va. Down syndrome Fact Page By Patient Plus, United Kingdom Down syndrome Mortality/Morbidity By Harold Chen, MD, MS, FAAP, FACMG published by Emedicine.com Down syndrome: Health Issues By Len Leshin, M.D., F.A.A.P. Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s From Better Health Channel […]

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Catholic Doctrine & Merciful Choice

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Cathedral - Catholic Doctrine & Merciful Choice

Our Catholic priest gave us his loving support for our decision. He told us that in the face of hopeless suffering it is sometimes right to pray for death. By A Catholic Mother Our Catholic priest supported our choice to end our pregnancy. We’ve known this priest for years and have been through most of the sacraments with him. When we had pretty much made our decision, we asked him to come to our home so we could talk it over. My husband and I trust him and value his point of view. We weren’t asking for his blessing but wanted to know where we […]

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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 […]