Courtney Baker is the mother of a 15 month old Downs Syndrome child, Emersyn Faith. The prenatal diagnosis of Downs Syndrome was shattering to her and her husband. But even worse was the lack of support by her doctor. She recently told her pregnancy story to ABC News. Courtney wrote:
“I came to you during the most difficult time in my life. I was terrified, anxious and in complete despair. I didn’t know the truth yet about my baby, and that’s what I desperately needed from you. But instead of support and encouragement, you suggested we terminate our child. I told you her name, and you asked us again if we understood how low our quality of life would be with a child with Down Syndrome. You suggested we reconsider our decision to continue the pregnancy.”
Courtney’s story demonstrates how vulnerable women in difficult pregnancies are to the influence of others. In her case it was her doctor. The women who come to Caring Network many times have husbands, boyfriends, friends, or family who are pressuring them to abort their child. These women need the love and support given them by Caring Network counselors so they can determine their own feelings about their pregnancy. With compassionate care and needed resources, many women will decide to carry their pregnancy. Caring Network has been protecting vulnerable women for 35 years, rescuing children and saving moms. Thanks for helping us do that.