Skeletal dysplasia - I decided that the only thing worse than ending the pregnancy would be to continue it. I felt his kicks and I didn’t want to say goodbye. I loved him. I wanted desperately to keep him safe and warm inside me. It just wasn’t possible. I’ve now accepted that.

  Looking back now, I realize how naïve I was. by T.T. In a week, we will be marking one year since we said goodbye, and I wanted to reflect upon it all. It took nearly nine months for me to even start to come to terms with what happened to our family in the last year, and the decisions we made. It led to a new phase of tears, but it felt somewhat different than in the early days. For a long time, I struggled to even allow myself to grieve the loss of our sweet baby, Daniel, because of the massive guilt I […]

Cake in Her Honor

By S.O. Before going in for my first sonogram, I dropped my other two children off at my parents’ house. My sisters and their children were there, along with my pregnant sister-in-law, and everybody was excited to find out what sex my baby would be. My husband was away in the service and we had not seen him for six months. He had recently come home and this pregnancy was a surprise, truly a miracle. We thought that we were done having children. I had so made many plans, was already buying new baby furniture since my youngest was five years old and I had given all our old baby […]

What is Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type II?

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) results from a lack of collagen and causes very weak bones which are easily fractured. In severe cases (type II) even a fetus in the amniotic sac will have bone fractures as early a 16 weeks gestation. Infants with OI type II are often not viable beyond the first year of life. Severity of OI varies by individual, but symptoms can includes numerous broken bones, loose joints, dental problems, severe curvature of the spine and hearing loss.   For more information on Osteogenesis Imperfecta, visit: Medline Plus – Ostegenesis Imperfecta Genetic Home Reference – Osteogenesis Imperfecta OMIM – Osteogenesis Imperfecta     Ending a Wanted […]

What is Achondrogenesis Type II?

Achondrongenesis Type II is a form of skeletal dysplasia involving short limbs, a small chest with short ribs and underdevelopment of the lungs. It can also involve the failure of spinal and pelvic bones to properly form, and an enlarged abdomen. Facial malformation may include cleft palate, prominent forehead and a small chin. Fetal issues may include hydrops fetalis, the build up of excess fluid in the body. For further information on Achondrogenesis Type II visit: Wikipedia—Achondrogenesis Type 2 OMIM—Achondrogenesis Type II Genetics Home Reference—Achondrogensis     Ending a Wanted Pregnancy stories involving a diagnosis of Achondrogenesis Type II

Peanut: One Dad’s Story

By Doug I only wanted a healthy child (ten fingers and ten toes was what I always told everyone that asked, and I meant it) but my wife was really hoping for a girl. You see, I was a bit of a terror growing up and she didn’t want to be put through the hell that my Mom was by any progeny of mine. To counter this, I had been taunting her by saying that for karma’s sake, I was going to hope for a boy. We were 22 weeks along. Well, we were seeing a new OB/GYN this time around and he was to […]