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Old 09-26-2012, 02:58 PM   #35
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Re: Update! What comprises "unnecessary" prenatal care?

Originally Posted by canadianbakers View Post
That sounds like a great appt!!! Wonderful to hear of a Dr who is willing to work with their patient, instead of just bossing them around and controlling everything.

I think there is more to the 20wk u/s than just deciding about abortion - as you mentioned, finding out placenta placement could be very important come labor time, if you had full previa, labor could end up really bad for both you and baby, kwim?
And I think it is important to see how baby is growing and developing. Like you, we would never abort if something was wrong with baby (even if it was incompatible with life), but I would want to know if something was wrong so that we could prepare ourselves/things for the best experience possible.
For us, with Elliana, we (possibly stupidly) were hopeful and expecting her to live until birth, but we were all ready making plans for spending whatever time we had with her. Or if baby had something wrong that would require surgery, or even just something going on that may require some testing or observation or therapy, we would want to have time to get things all lined up, as much as possible, before baby was born.
This. Just because you won't 'induce miscarriage' doesn't mean knowing about an issue is unnecessary. You're baby might need surgery right away, or you could start getting into specialists now, since it can take 6 months to a year depending on what's available. If you live in a rural area you may make arrangements to deliver at a hospital with a full NICU. Lots of things to think about if there is a problem then whether or not you're keeping the baby.
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