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Would you abort?? *(GRAPHIC)*

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Question: Would your abort if you knew your unborn would be born with this?

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 Would you abort this baby?

Its a birth defect, and most babie born with die with 2 hours, or not even make it. Its rare for them to live loger than 2 days.

Facts about Anencephaly

Pronounced an-en-sef-uh-lee

Anencephaly is a serious birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull. It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD). These are birth defects that happen during the first month of pregnancy, usually before a woman knows she is pregnant. As the neural tube forms and closes, it helps form the baby’s brain and skull (upper part of the neural tube), spinal cord, and back bones (lower part of the neural tube).

Anencephaly happens if the upper part of the neural tube does not close all the way. This often results in a baby being born without the front part of the brain (forebrain) and the thinking and coordinating part of the brain (cerebrum). The remaining parts of the brain are often not covered by bone or skin.

Unfortunately, almost all babies born with anencephaly will die shortly after birth. CDC estimates that each year, about 1 in every 4,859 babies in the United States will be born with anencephaly.1

Did You Know?

Women can take steps before and during pregnancy to reduce the risk of having a baby born with birth defects. Such steps include taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid (400 micrograms), not smoking, and not drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

Learn more about how to prevent birth defects »

Causes and Risk Factors

Like many families affected by birth defects, CDC wants to find out what causes them. Research gives us important clues about things that might raise or lower the risk of having a baby affected by birth defects, such as anencephaly. Those clues help us develop sound public health policies for prevention.

CDC works with many other researchers to study risk factors that can increase the chance of having a baby affected by anencephaly. Scientists believe that many factors such as genes, behaviors, and things in the environment are involved. CDC researchers have reported important findings about some factors that affect the risk for anencephaly:

  • Low intake of folic acid before getting pregnant and in early pregnancy increases the risk of having a pregnancy affected by neural tube defects, including anencephaly.2

  • There has been a 27% decline in pregnancies affected by neural tube defects (spina bifida and anencephaly) since the United States began fortifying enriched grains with folic acid.2

  • Babies born to Hispanic mothers are at an increased risk for anencephaly.3 Reasons for the increased risk among Hispanic mothers are not well understood.

CDC continues to study birth defects like anencephaly and how to prevent them. If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, talk with your doctor about ways to increase your chance of having a healthy baby.

Diagnosis

Anencephaly can be diagnosed during pregnancy or after the baby is born.


During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, there are screening tests (prenatal tests) to check for birth defects and other conditions. Anencephaly would result in an abnormal result on a blood or serum screening test or it might be seen during an ultrasound (which creates pictures of the body).


After the Baby is Born

In some cases, anencephaly might not be diagnosed until after the baby is born. Anencephaly is immediately seen at birth.

Treatments

There is no known cure or standard treatment for anencephaly. Unfortunately, almost all babies born with anencephaly will die shortly after birth.

Posted by Anonymous on Sep. 20, 2012 at 3:12 PM
Replies (411-420):
orangerze
by Bronze Member on Sep. 21, 2012 at 8:37 AM
It seems like this is a WAY more severe form of the same thing that causes cleft lips and palates. (No idea if it really is or not).

If it is the same defect just more severe is it possible to definitively know that it would be this and not the less severe version? Like how (I think) Downs Syndrome has different levels and you don't know what level you will get...Kwim?

If you don't KNOW for sure that it will hit that level or just be a milder form than I wouldn't....

If you do KNOW for sure... I don't know. If other organs can be saved for transplants then no...if they can't...I don't know.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Sep. 21, 2012 at 8:38 AM
I don't know. It is a horrific defect with 0% survivability but still, I don't know. I feel like I'd want to see my child.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Sep. 21, 2012 at 8:42 AM
No, not at all. Anencephaly is a neural tube defect, caused when the neural tube fails to form properly, just as with spinabifida, except anencephaly affects the brain and skull rather than vertebral column and spinal cord. Cleft lip and palate are completely different.
The only common characteristic is that the risk of all the aforementioned defects can be lowered (read, NOT eliminated) with the use of supplemental folic acid by the mother prior to becoming pregnant and in early pregnancy as these problems arise around the 5th week.


Quoting orangerze:

It seems like this is a WAY more severe form of the same thing that causes cleft lips and palates. (No idea if it really is or not).



If it is the same defect just more severe is it possible to definitively know that it would be this and not the less severe version? Like how (I think) Downs Syndrome has different levels and you don't know what level you will get...Kwim?



If you don't KNOW for sure that it will hit that level or just be a milder form than I wouldn't....



If you do KNOW for sure... I don't know. If other organs can be saved for transplants then no...if they can't...I don't know.

babyboy117
by on Sep. 21, 2012 at 8:44 AM
No I wouldn't. I would rather my baby die in my arms then to be sucked out of my body with a vacuum and limbs ripped off. But that's just my personal opinion.
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conweis
by Platinum Member on Sep. 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM
No I would not abort.
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Coreyhoots
by on Sep. 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM
No. I would not. I would carry as long as I could and hold them and love them every second of their life. I've been through losing a baby at 24 weeks and I read a book called "I Will Carry You" that was about this and this woman embraced and loved regardless.
Anonymous
by Anonymous on Sep. 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM
No I didn't and if given the choice again I would not. My son died at two days old but I had to at least give him that chance at life. My son had trisomy 18. He had a hole in his heart that was very large, a tumor on his brain stem and he could not breath on his own.
nevaNabismommy
by on Sep. 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM
No. I wouldn't I know almost all babies born this way die within hours or days of birth but I would not take its right to be born away from my baby no matter what.
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Sep. 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM
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No I don't feel that it is up to me to decide who lives or dies.

-MidnightKarma-
by Bronze Member on Sep. 21, 2012 at 8:58 AM
Yes.
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