This information has been written for expectant parents who are considering continuing a pregnancy after an anomaly has been diagnosed in their baby. Being told that their baby has an anomaly is something for which parents are most often completely unprepared. This booklet provides practical advice, information and support 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.
This booklet does not provide specific information about particular conditions that may be detected in pregnancy. If parents need information on what life with a particular condition might be like, ARC will signpost to organisations and resources that might be helpful.