Over the past months, we have filmed lots of interviews with parents. When I look over the videos, I’m in awe of these brave parents and their children. All of them faced a situation that they were unprepared for. All of them were afraid and believed that they were not equipped for what lay ahead. And all of them triumphed.
Next, we are beginning a series of videos that will look in more detail at the most common birth defects and chromosome abnormalities, starting with Down syndrome. We will talk more about things like:
- How do we diagnose these conditions?
- Once we discover a birth defect or genetic condition, what are the next steps?
- Will your pregnancy be managed the same?
- Will you need to see other specialists?
- How do we prepare for the birth of your child?
- What will be different about the delivery?
- Once your baby is born, then what? Surgery? Special care?
- How long might your baby be in the hospital?
- What happens when your baby gets home?
- How can you reach out for help? Is anyone else experiencing the heartache and worry that you are?
Of course they are. You are not alone. As your OB providers, it’s our job to walk with you and guide you through this, step by step. And to connect you with professionals and other parents who have been exactly where you are.
Becoming a parent is a supreme act of courage and hope. You are trusting yourself to love and nurture this precious new life. You are placing your trust in the world around you to protect and help you. I want you to also trust your baby. He is here for a reason, and he is exactly who he is supposed to be, perfect exactly the way he is.
If you are expecting a baby or contemplating having a baby, I want to remind you that whatever challenges you may encounter, you’ve got this!
Sending you all the love and encouragement in my heart,
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