Parents’ Stories of Heartbreaking Choices

We have collected stories told by mothers and fathers who have been through the heartbreaking choice of interrupting a wanted pregnancy due to poor prenatal diagnosis or for maternal health reasons. Simply scroll through the list of diagnoses or types of termination to see tagged stories. But regardless of the diagnosis or termination type, the stories told here may help you understand that others have been where you are, and that you can find a path through your loss.

In addition to alphabetical list of diagnoses below, you may also find it useful to use the “Search” bar on the left, entering keywords such as another diagnosis, a medical procedure, or other situations such as infertility, multiple losses, divorce, single parent, or a religion.

If you do not find the diagnosis that led to your decision listed here (or even if you do), please consider sharing your story with us by sending it in as text (no attachments please) to Your words may help other parents who are going through similar grief now, and in the future. We care about your privacy: You will not be identified in your story unless you specifically request we do so.

Stories by Diagnosis

Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum

Alobar Holoprosencephaly

Amniotic Band Syndrome


Autosomal Recessive Amyoplasia

Body Stalk Anomaly


Chromosome Deletion

Conjoined Twins

Cystic Fibrosis

DiGeorge Syndrome


Fragile X Syndrome



Hyperemesis Gravidarium

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)

Interuterine Growth Restriction (IGR or IUGR)

Neural Tube Defects (NTDs) all


Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV)

Potter Syndrome (Potter Sequence)


Severe Clinical Depression

Spina Bifida


Thanatophoric Dysplasia


Trisomy 13 (Patau Syndrome)

Trisomy 18 (Edward Syndrome)

Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome)

Turner Syndrome

Twin To Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)



Stories by Termination Procedure

Dilation & Extraction

Induction, Labor & Delivery

Termination After 24 Weeks Gestation


Stories by Situation

Multiple Losses

Single Mother