She and her husband Jeff were told to either terminate the pregnancy, or plan a funeral. They chose to continue the pregnancy. Arabella is now a beautiful 2 year old. She was officially diagnosed with Ellis-van Creveld syndrome, a sub-type of Short Rib Polydactyly syndrome. This syndrome has a 30-50 percent survival rate.
Katherine is now expecting her third child, Shiloh. Shiloh has also been diagnosed EVC, as well as a major heart defect. They do not know if Shiloh will live, but are grateful for everyday they have with her.
Lauricia had several ultrasounds during her pregnancy that indicated her son Zacchaeus was not developing typically. Lauricia and her husband Jose found out shortly after Zacchaeus was born that he had Cornelia de Lange syndrome.
When the doctor called Jessica with test results that showed her unborn son would have Down syndrome, she immediately felt a sense of fear and anger she had never experienced before. Negative thoughts flooded her brain for days and weeks. She felt resentment and anger towards her pregnancy.
When she told her closest friends and family the news; their reactions were overwhelmingly positive and supportive. They showered her with love and told her how amazing he was going to be. And they were so right.
Dawn saw several specialists during her pregnancy, who all gave her baby a grim diagnosis. She was told he had Trisomy 13- Patau syndrome, which was described to her as a condition that is incompatible with life. She was told her son would not live past birth. She was recommend by physicians, family, and friends to terminate her pregnancy. She and her husband decided not terminate, and their son was born as a typical baby- with no complications, or conditions.
Mandy and Steven had four girls and were excited at the possibility of their fifth child being a boy. At 20 weeks, Mandy and her oldest daughter went to her doctor’s appointment and were told that something was seriously wrong with her baby. Mandy and Steven were told that the baby had a condition called Hydrops Fetalis. The doctors also had trouble finding some vital organs and noticed his heart was enlarged; they offered the option to terminate the baby. After many tests were done, they found out that the baby had Bilateral Renal Agenesis
While pregnant, Ariel had a nuchal translucency test on her baby. Doctor’s found that the fluid pocket on the back of their baby’s neck was measuring larger than normal, and later doctors discovered an abnormality with their baby’s heart. At 34 weeks pregnant they were told that their baby was not measuring up to gestational age.
Jenna and Dan went to a prenatal ultrasound where doctors discovered their daughter Ava had micrognathia, or a small recessed chin. Upon further testing, they found their daughter would be born with Pierre Robin Sequence, or PRS. PRS was something Jenna and Dan were already familiar with -Dan was also born with the same condition.
Sarah had an ultrasound scare at a 20 week prenatal appointment. At a subsequent appointment with a specialist, she was told her baby was fine and not to worry. So after Betty was born, Sarah was shocked when a pediatrician told her she was global developmental delayed.
After many appointments and genetic testing, Betty was diagnosed with Potocki-Shaffer syndrome. Although Potocki-Shafffer syndrome is very rare, Sarah rallied and found online support groups, and other families with similar circumstances. She has an awesome website, Bringing Up Betty, and does a Podcast that helps bring special needs families together.