Rachael - posted on 02/16/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
Hi, my name is Rachael, and I'm 26 weeks pregnant with our first child. At 19 weeks we found out that Luke has a non-classical form of Ebstein's Anomaly. The doctor at our second visit to the maternal fetal specialist said that Luke would not likely make it to 26 weeks of pregnancy because his heart is so incredibly enlarged. Though we've made the milestone of 26 weeks, and now have some hope, we obviously are still on pins and needles. My question is for those of you who knew about your baby's heart defect before they were born... How did you face the possibility of losing the baby before birth (miscarriage)? How did you find the balance between preparing yourself if the baby died and planning for the baby's arrival into the world? Did you feel depressed and how did you deal with it? Did you take/do you recommend taking birth classes? Other comments on coping strategies are very welcome.