Trisomy 13

This page is in honor of April Rey. April Rey was diagnosed with trisomy 13 when I was 15 weeks pregnant. I’ll be documenting our journey on this page.

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This page is in honor of April Rey. April Rey was diagnosed with trisomy 13 when I was 15 weeks pregnant. I’ll be documenting our journey on this page.

Trisomy 13

Our Journey with April Rey

Baby V #2 Update 15 Weeks- The Longest Wait of Our Lives

Trisomy 13 – The Day After Our Heartbreaking News

Genetic Counselor Questions Asked and Answered

Trisomy 13- Why Would I Ever Consider Not Fighting the Fight?

Trisomy 13- Getting More Information & Our Plan Moving Forward

My Worst Fear That I HATE Admitting 

Trisomy 13- April Rey’s 17 Week Anatomy Scan

In Honor of April Rey- A Donation That Can Save Lives

Click to donate in April’s honor. 100% of proceeds go direction to St. Jude.

Our Visit to Hopkins Fetal Therapy Group

One Week Until Induction day

Helpful Things to Say to a Parent Walking This Path- Grief & Trisomy 13

April’s Birth and Death Announcement 8/8/17

Induction Day 1- Taking the Pill

April Rey- The Girl Who Changed My Life // A Note From Our Photographer

A Note From My Mom About Leaving the Hospital

April Rey’s Birth Story

A Tattoo in Honor of April Rey

After The Fact- How We Feel About Our Decision to Induce Early and Terminate the Pregnancy

I Didn’t Come Home With a Baby, But I Still Gave Birth

If you are considering induction/early termination and want a safe space to talk about your options, or perhaps you’ve already induced and lost your baby, please join this Facebook group that I’ve created to be that support group and safe space. 

Dear April Rey –(From Auntie Maria and Uncle Adolfo)

“You Just Have The One [Child]?”

Dear April Rey- Today Marks One Month

One of My Daughters Doesn’t Get to Grow Up, and the Other is Growing Up So Fast

Pro-life or Pro-choice? Did April’s Story Make You Change Your View? Think About New Circumstances?

On the Sideline of Grief

Toddler Sleep Disruptions During a Family Crisis

Behavioral and Sleep Changes that Occurred with our Older Daughter

A Tree for April

Grieving Our Daughter- No One Knows How to Navigate the Storm for Themselves

Helpful Things to Say and Do if Your Friend Has an Unborn Baby With a Terminal Condition

2 Books to Help Your Toddler Get Through the Loss of a Baby

Am I Going to Die On My Birthday?

Family Trip to the Beach (Ocean City, MD) Winter 2017 (Dealing with my grief)

A Due Date To Remember- Dear April Rey

Trisomy 13 Research Project

When Our Daughter Was Given a Death Sentence, We Were Given a “Choice”

A Special Thanks to All of the Wonderful People at Hopkins

Printable Birth Plan for Early Induction/Medical Termination

The Day I Gave In To My Grief- And Served Ice Cream and Peach Cobbler For Breakfast

Memorial Service- Maryland State Anatomy Board

Pregnancy After Loss- A Rainbow Baby

Dear April Rey, On What Would Have Been Your First Birthday

Trisomy 13 Stories 

If you’d like to share your story here, I’d be honored. I’d love to read the stories and learn, and I’d love to celebrate your baby’s life on this page. I find that the stories found online are under representing those that chose to terminate their pregnancies, and those that chose to carry to term but put their child through no lifesaving measures. I’d love this page to fill that online void. Those parents need a voice so they don’t feel alone. So many have chosen this route… we need to hear about it more. Please send me a message if you or someone you know is interested.

Trisomy 13- The Story of Addison Faith

Trisomy 13- The Story of Eden Lynne

 

Blogs about Termination for Medical Reasons

Amari’s Place – A blog about Amari’s story (Fragile X)

Nurturing Midwifery – The story of Ida (Trisomy 21)

 

Resources

A Heartbreaking Choice – “This website supports women who have made the “Heartbreaking Choice” to terminate a much wanted pregnancy.”

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep- Find a photographer in your area, resources for specific conditions, information for families that have lost their babies, and so much more. 

Brain and Tissue Donation of Trisomy 13 BabiesThe University of Maryland in partnership with NIH, accepts brain and tissue donations from babies that have trisomy 13. 

Printable Birth Plan for Early Induction/Medical Termination