Trying to Decide?

For those who are uncertain,
a message from the AHC Administrators

For most women, pregnancy is a time of joy and anticipation of a new life; but for some, the news is not good. Have you received a poor prenatal diagnosis? Have you learned that the wonderful life you thought you were going to be bringing home has a serious or fatal condition?

We understand that what you are going through right now is tremendously difficult. We are so very sorry that you have any reason to be here. Until you decide which course of action is right for you, it is best to seek the advise from professionals. Check with your doctors, genetic counselors or therapists to get the most up-to-date information regarding your child's specific diagnosis. If your religious beliefs may be an issue, please seek support from a respected spiritual leader whose guidance you can trust.

Researching your child's diagnosis thorughly will also help you to make an informed decision. The more you know about the difficulties you and your family face with a severe prenatal diagnosis, the better equiped you will be to handle the decision you need to make, no matter what that decision is.

You can find up-to-date information on specific conditions at The PPD website is dedicated to help parents decide in a time of crises how to proceed and where to turn for help and resources.

If you do decide that termination is the route you will take, you can Contact us and we can help you find a local support group or counseling service, or provide you with links to on-line support groups that will help you through this extremely difficult time.

If you decide to continue to term, we can help you locate resources that are specific to what you and your family may be faced with.

If you would like more information regarding genetic counseling please contact the March of Dimes or the National Society of Genetic Counselors

We wish you much love and strength during this dark time.


Books on Loss and Grief

Our Heartbreaking Choices: Forty-Six Women Share Their Stories of Interrupting a Much-Wanted Pregnancy

The Dive :: A Memoir

A Time to Decide a Time to Heal: For Parents Making Difficult Decisions About Babies They Love

Precious Lives Painful Choices: A Prenatal Decision-Making Guide

Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart, Revised Edition: Surviving the Death of Your Baby

Empty Arms: Coping With Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death

A Silent Sorrow: Pregnancy Loss

Unspeakable Losses: Healing From Miscarriage, Abortion, And Other Pregnancy Loss

Surviving Pregnancy Loss: A Complete Sourcebook for Women and Their Families

Difficult Decisions: For Families Whose Unborn Baby Has a Serious Problem

Books for Fathers, Family, Children and Friends

Couple Communication After a Baby Dies: Differing Perspectives

For Better or Worse: For Couples Whose Child Has Died

How to Say it When You Don't Know What to Say: The Right Words For Difficult Times

A Guide For Fathers: When A Baby Dies

When Your Friend's Child Dies: A Guide to Being a Thoughtful and Caring Friend

When Pregnancy Fails: Families Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death

What You Can Say When You Don't Know What to Say: Reaching Out to Those Who Hurt

Books about Trying Again and Pregnancy after Loss

Journeys: Stories of Pregnancy After Loss

Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss

Pregnancy After a Loss: A Guide to Pregnancy After a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death