We have a very active Facebook group which includes moms moms of all races, creeds, and political affiliations, all of whom have carried their pregnancies to birth.
We are a small, but unfortunately, growing group.
The majority of our members are pro-life (but not all), and every single member made the decision to carry their pregnancy to term for as long as naturally possible.
Why are we specifically a Carry to Term group, and what do we believe about Carrying to Term and Termination for Medical Reasons?
We believe that carrying to term is as much about the emotional and physical health of the woman involved, as it is about the baby affected- we want you to carry to term because it is the choice that has been thus far proven to be better for you.
It's not about believing that women who terminate are terrible people (some of our members have terminated pregnancies in the past), or that they didn't love their babies just as much as we love ours. It's about believing that termination is not woman centered, does not mitigate grief, and robs you of the opportunity to parent your child.
We believe that you have the right to be supported in an environment where there is no questions about why you are continuing your pregnancy. An environment where continuing your pregnancy is normal and termination is not part of the ongoing medical conversation- we want to give you the most normal pregnancy that you could possibly have, during such a terribly abnormal time.
Because of the nature of this disorder, and the high rate of termination, there are larger groups geared towards helping the mother whose child has been diagnosed with this disorder which are composed of both women who have terminated and those who have carried to term. These groups contain a more diverse group of women who have had many different experiences.
We understand that although the diagnosis is the same, the reality is that the experiences are quite different. No less tragic, because in the end we have all lost beautiful children- but each deserving of a free, open space for honest conversation.
If your goal is to focus on immersing yourself in a pro-life, pro-woman, and pro-child space during your pregnancy, these larger groups may not be the best place for you. Occasionally the carry to term voice is not welcome. We are the only group which has only LBWC parents as members, and which is completely populated by parents who have chosen to carry to term.
We understand the uncertainty of the decision that you have made, we understand the pain of having to plan a funeral while your child is moving within you. We offer a space where you can speak freely about your fears and joy without worry. We have a variety of experiences to offer, not just about your diagnosis but about pregnancy care and labor and delivery.
We hope that in the future we can support and comfort you- as well as share in your joy as you learn all about the baby that you have decided to continue carrying
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