If you have made the decision to end a wanted pregnancy because of problems detected in your baby, it is very normal to experience a range of emotions. You may also be very worried about what you will have to go through. Nothing can make this experience easy, but good information and individualised support can help you to prepare and to think through your options.
At ARC we have many years' experience supporting people through these difficult experiences. Your hospital may have given you a copy of the ARC Parents' Handbook, which contains information about the practical and emotional issues you might face in ending a pregnancy. If not, please get in touch with ARC for a free copy. We can also put you in touch with trained volunteers who have been through a termination after a prenatal diagnosis.
This is just a short summary of the methods used to end a pregnancy:
* It is possible to have a termination under general anaesthetic after 13 weeks (and up to 24 weeks) with an independent abortion provider, such as the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) or Marie Stopes International (MSI). Although independent services in the UK are highly competent and professional, for some women it can feel difficult being in an environment where terminations are being carried out because the pregnancy is unwanted. BPAS now have a designated booking line for women who want to attend a BPAS clinic for a termination for fetal anomaly: 0345 437 0360. Please call ARC if it would help to talk through these and other issues involved in ending a pregnancy.
Want to talk? We’re here as often as you need us. Our helpline is answered by trained staff Monday to Friday, 10.00am-5.30pm call 0845 077 2290 or 0207 713 7486 from a mobile.