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We knew our baby would die. Continuing the pregnancy helped us heal
‘This was our path, but I do not judge others who choose differently’

May 10, 2018
Gerrie O' Grady Finn

There are many different reasons women terminate their pregnancies, or continue with them in challenging circumstances. In advance of the referendum on whether to retain or repeal the Eighth Amendment on May 25th, The Irish Times has asked readers (women and men) to share their personal experiences. This is one of the stories we received. To submit yours, click here.

“I know the baby in my womb will die. It will die as soon as it leaves my womb or shortly afterwards.” On October 2nd 2010, I started a pregnancy diary. This was my first entry.

At a routine 20-week pregnancy scan, my consultant bluntly told me that our second child had anencephaly, and would not survive beyond birth. I was distraught and overwhelmed.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/we-knew-our-baby-would-die-continuing-the-pregnancy-helped-us-heal-1.3491013