Isaiah's Promise  
Support for families carrying to term after a severe or fatal prenatal diagnosis 

 

  Isaiah's Promise

 SEE, I WILL NOT FORGET YOU. I HAVE CARVED YOU ON THE PALM OF MY HAND.

                                 Isaiah 49:15
Sharing Experiences
Angelica
The day we learned about our Angelica’s devastating Trisomy 13 diagnosis was unquestionably the worst day of our lives. We were told her condition was “incompatible with life,” but having watched her kick and punch like crazy on the ultrasound, she was already very much alive in our hearts. Knowing this, we decided that we were “all in” for our little girl, and when she was placed in our arms and we got to look into the face of an angel, we felt overwhelmingly blessed and happy beyond words. Isaiah’s Promise helped us appreciate and prepare for every step of Angelica’s journey into life and into death. Seven hours is painfully short, but we gave our baby girl a life surrounded by family and filled entirely with love.                                             Annmarie and Steve


                             Thomas, Jr.

We were so excited that we got pregnant right after getting married and we were even more excited to find out that we were having a boy. But, then something was wrong on the sonogram and before we knew it our little boy was diagnosed with a ‘fatal chromosomal condition.’ Our world came crashing down. With the help of Isaiah’s Promise we carried on our pregnancy and had our son, Thomas. We were blessed with our beautiful angel for almost 7 months. We would not trade a moment of the joy and peace we received from being Thomas’ parents for all of the suffering that came from his diagnosis and passing.                                          
                                                     Elizabeth and Tom
 


                              Joseph
                                                     Jenny and John
Eyewitness Account:
I have been an [anesthesiologist] for eight years and I’ve lost count of the times I’ve done anesthesia for caesarean sections. Many times I celebrated the birth of a new life. Sometimes I was saddened to see some premature babies requiring intubation sent to the neonatal intensive care unit. A few times, the fetus had already died in vivo, and I mourned with the moms. Over all these years of providing obstetrics anesthesia, I either celebrated the new births, or lamented for the lives lost. There was never a time to celebrate and mourn, feel joyful and sorrow at the same time. Last week, one of the caesarean sections transcended this dichotomy. It so touched my heart that it would change my life forever. For the first time in my life I observed what unconditional love is and learned how to give thanks in all circumstances....
To read more of this beautiful essay, please go to: Joseph's Birth

            Dr. Liguang Huang, Anesthesiologist, Sinai Hospital




Elsie

                       
Sara and Chad


 Hannah

When I was 20 weeks pregnant, our little Hannah was diagnosed with Trisomy 18.  My husband and I were heartbroken but we knew we wanted to carry her to term. My doctor recommended that we get in contact with an organization that helps women and families get through this hard time. Isaiah's Promise, from the beginning of our journey until now, has been a blessing to our family. The compassion, personal involvement and support far exceeded my expectations. Because of their encouragement and practical suggestions for creating cherished memories, my husband and I were able to prepare for Hannah’s short life. We are so grateful for Isaiah's Promise; they showed us how to make every day with Hannah beautiful and meaningful. 
                   Gabby

 
 Kira Lee and Kira Marie

                        Rosana and Peter


Mark and Patrick
My life changed forever during my 20 week sonogram. I was told that one of my twins had significant brain abnormalities and that I should consider a selective reduction. I knew that I wanted to continue the pregnancy no matter how bad the prognosis seemed. Isaiah’s Promise gave me the support that I needed during a very difficult time. I needed to talk to other mothers who had been through a similar experience and could really understand what I was feeling. Isaiah’s Promise gave me the opportunity to do that and helped me prepare for the birth of my twins. 
                                                       Trish  
 
Miles     

              
                          Wendy and Todd    
                              


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