Your Unborn Baby
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Recent developments in antenatal screening mean that many chromosomal problems are now diagnosed before birth, and it is NHS policy for health professionals to counsel women so they can make an informed decision whether or not to undergo screening.
Continuing with the pregnancy of a baby with trisomy 13 or 18 means one of several outcomes:
The outlook for a baby with other chromosomal abnormalities or a related disorder such as partial trisomy or mosaicism may be much more hopeful than that of a baby with the full trisomy 13 or 18 depending on the precise nature of the defect, and the professional opinion of a clinical geneticist must be sought.
SOFT UK would like to thank SOFT Bereavement Adviser Erica Brown, Vice President of Acorns Children's Hospices in the West Midlands, for her valuable contributions to the BEREAVEMENT and HOW BROTHERS ANDSISTERS ARE AFFECTED sections of this booklet
Every year thousands of children face bereavement through the death of a grandparent, parent, sibling or friend. When someone dies, adults are understandably so engrossed in their own grief that children's grief may be unnoticed. However, the way in which children are helped when sad things happen may have a profound effect on how they are able to adapt to loss and change throughout their lives.
Parents worry about the health of future children, and another pregnancy is an anxious as well as happy time. There is no right time to get pregnant,and for some people healing and the return of confidence comes much sooner than for others. Parents must decide according to their own individual circumstances.
SOFT would like to acknowledge everybody who contributed to the publication of this booklet, especially:
SOFT UK distributes Your Unborn Baby and Your Baby booklets, and newsletters free of charge to family members. The newsletters and booklets produced by SOFT UK meet a desperate need for practical and positive information presented in a sensitive way and they are on the www.soft.org.uk website, but if you request a paper copy, professionals and students are asked for a donation of £5 per information pack to cover the cost of printing and postage.