If you have induced your pregnancy before viability, or are planning on doing so, we grieve with you knowing that in the end, we have all suffered the same loss- a loss which no one should ever have to bear. We are so very sorry. We extend our deepest sympathies to you, our sisters in sorrow.
Lumina is a faith based outreach for women who have chosen to end their pregnancies, which hosts retreats for women who have prematurely ended their pregnancies, because of a poor prenatal diagnosis.
Please remember that this is a carrying to term website- there are a multitude of other support sites available for people who choose to end their pregnancies. This is a non-negotiable policy. We will not publish any stories of early induction.
We also can not respond to emails sent to us by women, post-induction. There are support services
for these choices and the emotions involved in making them.
(This is a post-abortive support system. Because we understand that some families may not consider early induction "termination" this may not be an appropriate support system for them. Because they have so extensively researched the ethical considerations, we follow the Catholic Church's guidelines in determining what, exactly, constitutes termination. Pre-viability induction, according to those guidelines falls into the category of termination, as an unnecessary end to a child's life.)
Because of our inexperience in dealing with this type of grief , we do not have the knowledge to support those who have made this choice.
Also, while we can empathize with the grief that every mother goes through when finding out that her child has a fetal anomaly that is incompatible with life, we can only tell the stories of families who have chosen carry to term with LBWC.
We pass no judgement on anyone else's choice, and hope that every mother finds healing after the loss of a beloved child. Our requests come about as the effect of extraordinary pressure to terminate our pregnancies, even after some of us had clearly stated that our intention was to carry to term. We only ask that our wishes to create and nurture a safe haven here be respected, and treated as kindly as possible.
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