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#1 e*liz


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Posted 19 December 2008 - 07:11 PM

I'm reading a book called "Defiant Birth" by Melinda Tankard Reist. It's not for everyone, but very interesting. It's about the way that prenatal testing is, in some cases, pushed upon women who aren't necessarily able to make informed choices, and about how women who choose to continue with their pregnancy after a diagnosis of any kind of disability are sometimes treated very badly. (It also covers the issues that disabled mothers face).

To be honest I'm finding it a very emotional read and something that has challenged a lot of my own assumptions about prenatal testing. Some of the comments that doctors and others have made to women about their precious babies who happen to have a disability are truly shocking.

Has anyone else read it?

#2 SEA


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Posted 20 December 2008 - 06:14 PM

It sounds like a very interesting book.

Parents facing this situation need so much support. My cousin is training to be a genetic counsellor so I may recommend this to him.

My mother is a special needs teacher and many children at her school become disabled through accidents. I would be interested to compare the levels of support that both parents and expectant parents are given in these situations. They really shouldn't be any different.

#3 Swarles Barkley

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 06:20 PM

my next door neighbour was told her child would be born with a disability and that he (the doctor) had booked her in for an abortion. That was it. no discussion between her and her husband, just straight "you will have an abortion".

She got a second opinion and now has a healthy 7 year old daughter.

it sounds like an interesting read though
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