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I would never consider an abortion because my baby had some kind of defect and I can’t understand why my doctor is trying to persuade me to do prenatal testing.

The chances are that the test will show that your baby is in perfect health. Then you can relax and enjoy the rest of your pregnancy without the niggle in the back of your mind.

The chances of getting bad news back from these tests are extremely small. In this situation, some people do opt to terminate the pregnancy. However that is not the only reason to have the tests done. Should you discover that your baby has a terminal condition, you will have time to come to terms with the situation, and receive couselling to help you cope once the baby is born. This will enable you to treasure the short time you do have with your precious baby, and will enable you to set up systems to support you through the tough times.

Should your baby be diagnosed with a problem, such as Down’s Syndrome, you will have time to do some preparation. Coming to terms with the situation before the baby is born will simplify things for you once the baby is born – you will not be coping with both the reality of a brand new baby as well as your feelings about your baby’s problem. You will have time to prepare your life to cope with the reality of this new baby, set up systems to support you in your new life, and generally go towards the birth with a sense of preparedness. It might be a good opportunity to educate yourself about the situation you will be faced with, and even meet people who are already living with the kind of child you will have. For example, it may help you very much to meet and experience the warmth and love of Down’s Syndrome children.

 
   
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