We're expecting our 3rd child in July. We had an ultrasound preformed at 28 weeks and discovered he has anencephaly, a fatal birth defect. Here's our story and experiences
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The time has come
I knew this day would come. In one way I was excited to finally see our little boy. In another way I wasn't, cause I knew what the outcome was and didn't know if we were ready to accept that it actually happened. For the past few days Sarah hasn't been able to feel him move much. Last night I could tell that something was wrong, today at the Dr. office, couldn't find a beat, then an ultrasound confirmed it.
Anencephaly is the absence of a large part of the brain and the skull.
Anencephaly is one of the most common neural tube defects. Neural tube defects are birth defects that affect the tissue that grows into the spinal cord and brain.
Anencephaly occurs early in the development of an unborn baby. It results when the upper part of the neural tube fails to close. Why this happens is not known. Possible causes include environmental toxins and low intake of folic acid by the mother during pregnancy.
Anencephaly occurs in about 1 out of 10,000 births. The exact number is unknown, because many of these pregnancies result in miscarriage. Having one infant with this condition increases the risk of having another child with neural tube defects
We have recieved so many kind words, prayers, and stories from people that have reached out to us.