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A prenatal diagnosis of trisomy 13 or trisomy 18 can catapult you into a bleak world of uncertainty, sombre survival statistics, and frightening medical complications. Words such as profoundly handicapped, lethal or ‘incompatible with life’ may be used.

As parents considering terminating a pregnancy, you must decide what is right for your family and your baby. It may help to talk to friends, family, doctors and faith leaders, before making a choice based on your individual circumstances. 

The grief suffered after a termination can be private and isolating. Our family support volunteers are available to chat, text or email - whether your experiences of termination are recent or from a long time ago.