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Help for Parents

Parents Handbook

This handbook has been written to help parents who are considering a termination of pregnancy because an anomaly has been diagnosed in their baby. While it is still an uncommon occurence, around 2,000 parents go through this experience each year.

Choosing to end a pregnancy is a very difficult and painful decision. We hope that this handbook will provide some information and support for parents when they are faced with making a decision about the future of their pregnancy. We hope it will also be helpful to all those caring for the parents, whether they are professional medical staff, family or friends.

Supporting You Throughout Your Pregnancy

This handbook has been especially written to help parents who choose to continue with a pregnancy after an anomaly has been diagnosed in their baby. Being told that your unborn baby has an anomaly is most often unexpected and something for which parents are completely unprepared. 'Supporting you throughout your pregnancy: a handbook for parents after a prenatal diagnosis' provides practical advice, information and support to parents in this situation and is the result of consultation and research into their needs during this difficult time.

Many parents find that, after the diagnosis, care tends to focus on the baby's condition. In the words of one mother: "I don't actually feel like a pregnant person. I feel like I've got a baby with a problem." In view of this, the booklet aims to help parents address their concerns and find appropriate support for themselves during what can be a very stressful time.

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