Prenatal Diagnosis in a Twin Pregnancy: Choosing Termination and What I Wish I Would Have Known

Carrying To Term had the privilege of speaking with and learning from a mother who did not choose pregnancy continuation following a diagnosis. We believe Jessica sheds light on the tragic experiences that can occur as a result of a breakdown in doctor-patient communication. Jessica’s story helps us raise awareness about the importance of presenting pregnancy continuation as an option to ensure that women and families are fully informed about their choice.

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Neonatal Donation FAQ with IIAM

Carrying To Term was fortunate enough to have the chance to talk with the International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM) about their Neonatal Donor Program and the role they play in supporting families who are considering or have chosen neonatal organ and tissue donation as a part of their child’s legacy.

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The Role of a Bereavement Doula, and How They Can Help

Carrying To Term was fortunate enough to have the chance to talk with Laura Ricketts, a birth and bereavement doula, about the importance of bereavement doulas, both for families and as contributors to a care team. After navigating personal experiences with loss, Laura turned her pain into purpose and began to serve other grieving families as a doula.

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The Role of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and How They Can Help

Carrying To Term was fortunate enough to have the chance to talk with Elaine Cavazos, a Licensed Clinic Social Worker, about the importance of social workers, both for families and as contributors to a care team. Elaine has dedicated her career to serving families who are navigating the worst experiences of their life, and her insight, compassion, and dedication shine through her words.

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Life-Limiting: Understanding the Terminology

When navigating a prenatal diagnosis, whether you are the parent, the provider, or the network of support, clarity is critical for feeling fully informed, equipped, and supported. Carrying To Term believes that clear, compassionate, and easy to understand language has the power to shape how parents process a diagnosis, make fully informed choices, and cope following diagnosis, throughout pregnancy, and in life after loss.

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Informed Choice

Following a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting condition, the decision to carry a pregnancy to term is often accompanied by a range of questions and emotions. The way the diagnosis, pregnancy continuation and pregnancy termination options, and a plan of care are communicated has the power to sway a patient’s decisions and their ability to navigate and grieve their circumstances.

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Prenatal Care

Prenatal care, also referred to as antenatal care, is the health care that a pregnant woman receives from a professional like an obstetrician, midwife, or other specialist such as a perinatologist. Prenatal care includes lifestyle advice such as diet and exercise, weight monitoring, testing, and examinations to prevent and detect problems that affect the health and well-being of mother and baby.

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For Friends and Family: Supporting Parents During the Holiday Season

For parents facing a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting condition and for parents grieving the loss of their baby, the holiday season can be complicated. Parents may feel a heightened sense of grief as they balance the holidays and the realities of their impending loss or the complicated emotions that come with grieving a baby.

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