Fetal Anomaly Abortion Care
What to expect from us
When you call us, the counselor who answers the phone will assist you in setting up an appointment and connect you to our Special Care Coordinator, a specialist in working with women and their families in situations such as yours. We are aware that you may be receiving additional counseling and emotional support from other health care professionals in addition to your physician and fetal maternal medicine specialist.
To better understand your situation and accommodate your unique needs, the Special Care Coordinator will ask you a series of questions. She is also there to answer any questions you have and to address specific concerns.
We will need to obtain the referring physician’s information so that we can request your medical records. Our physicians will review your records and, if necessary, contact your physician to obtain any further medically relevant information. It is important for us to have these records for many reasons, always with the purpose of offering you the safest and best medical care. We will coordinate with your physicians if further genetic testing is requested.
Your Special Care Coordinator will be there with you throughout this process and procedure. She will explain to you in detail the medical procedure for terminating the pregnancy and provide you with information on the services we offer to help you through your grieving process. If you wish, we can arrange for a special way to honor the memory of your baby through coordination for a cremation or burial. Also, for those who would like, we can create an imprint of the baby’s footprint for remembrance. And, of course, we can also provide counseling and support referrals for help in coping later on.
We are committed to supporting you throughout this process and providing the safest care for terminating this pregnancy. Our compassionate and caring staff members are ready to support YOU. We will honor your requests for confidentiality and treat you with respect and dignity. We believe that decisions made in these situations are a private, personal matter between a woman and her family. Women and families with fetal anomaly pregnancies often consult with not only their primary OB-GYN, but also many health care professionals involved with fetal maternal medicine, and frequently rely on this team for help and advice. We are proud to be a part of your healthcare team.
Northland Family Planning recommends the following resources to help you during your healing journey:
Ending A Wanted Pregnancy – “If you’ve received a severe prenatal or maternal diagnosis and have decided to end your wanted pregnancy, this website exists to provide you understanding, comfort and support. Here, you will find the empathy, compassion and solace you deserve following this uncommon, traumatic and often misunderstood form of pregnancy loss.”
Angel Kisses– Local to the Metro Detroit area, this organization was founded in 2009 by 3 women who suffered late-term pregnancy loss. They operate as a not-for-profit foundation run solely by volunteers, and work to provide an outlet for families to remember their angel babies in a positive way.
MISSFoundation– “Since 1996, the MISS Foundation C.A.R.E.S. for families experiencing the death of a baby or child at any age and from any cause. The MISS Foundation provides a sanctuary allowing health and necessary grieving in the face of tragedy which Western culture no longer fosters or supports.
More than 120,000 children die every year in the United States. Of those, more than 80% die before their first birthday. The MISS Foundation is a 501(c)3, volunteer-based organization committed to providing crisis and long term support to families after the death of a baby or child. The MISS Foundation also participates in legislative and advocacy issues, community engagement and volunteerism, and culturally competent, multidisciplinary education opportunities.”
Pregnancy Loss Support Program (PLSP) from NCJW NY- The National Council of Jewish Women’s Pregnancy Loss Support Program for Miscarriage, Stillborn and Newborn death: “It’s hard to imagine anything more heartbreaking than the loss of a child. Even the most loving friends and family may not understand a grieving parent’s needs, which can lead to additional isolation and sorrow. For more than three decades, the PLSP has offered free counseling and support for parents who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death, as well as to women who are pregnant following a loss. Our programs are open to all regardless of background, religion, gender and sexual orientation. There is absolutely no religious aspect to our support programs, and all faiths are welcome, as are single parents.”
Real People Discuss Real Experiences With Pregnancy Loss – Researchers traveled all over the United Kingdom to have a conversation with 40 different people who have find personally experienced ending a pregnancy after the discovery of a fetal abnormality. Listen to personal stories on film and know you are not alone.
A Heartbreaking Choice – This website supports women who have undergone a pregnancy termination due to a poor prenatal diagnosis, problems with their own health, or for the health of another fetus (selective reduction).
The Compassionate Friends – “Whether your family has had a child die (at any age from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.”
Tomorrow’s Child – This is a Michigan-based organization. “Tomorrow’s Child provides services and programs across the state to save babies lives and support families who have experienced a pregnancy loss or infant death. Through community partnerships and personal outreach, Tomorrow’s Child touches the life of every newborn in Michigan. We engage families, health professionals and caregivers to keep babies healthy and safe through our infant safe sleep efforts. We also provide grief support to anyone affected by a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death.”