Pre-natal testing

Parents sue over birth defect – can we blame them?

A New Zealand couple living in Australia are suing the medical professionals who allegedly failed to identify the condition for $2.5 million in damages. Their daughter, Aria, who is now two years old was diagnosed with Aicardi Syndrome after an MRI scan revealed the condition. Aria has impaired vision, hearing loss, scoliosis,… Read more

Not the post I wanted to write

I do not want to be writing this post. It has been 11 days since I gave birth to the Peanut, and I have thought a lot about how much I wish I could be writing a different post. I was supposed to be sleep deprived and potentially emotional, but… Read more

The final countdown – and it’s much shorter than we thought!

This baby is not going to wait any longer. While my liver function results were fine, the second part of the test showed my bile salt levels were elevated so the obstetrician is pretty sure I have cholestasis. When I got the call she said, “so I mentioned at our… Read more

The final countdown – and it's much shorter than we thought!

This baby is not going to wait any longer. While my liver function results were fine, the second part of the test showed my bile salt levels were elevated so the obstetrician is pretty sure I have cholestasis. When I got the call she said, “so I mentioned at our… Read more

As a non-believer, I think I’ll just thank my obstetrician

Today marked our eighth scan to keep a watchful eye on our Peanut. The scans are spreading out in time now, so it has been three weeks since the last one. This means that for at least ten days between this scan and the last I forgot there was anything… Read more

To test or not to test

The 12 week scan is the first major milestone in a lot of couple’s pregnancies. It marks the end of the first trimester, the end of the risky period for miscarriage, the end (hopefully) of the worst of morning sickness, and the first chance to see your baby on screen,… Read more

The shopping list descreases

It turns out I wasn’t the only one doing research. At our follow up appointment the doctors were almost as stumped as us. When we found out we had an appointment with a genetics person, my first instinct was that she had a syndrome or disease which was causing the… Read more

What’s normal anyway?

There’s a lot they don’t tell you about pregnancy and parenthood. I had no idea bleeding noses and headaches were standard practice. Or that morning sickness would feel like the worst hangover I’ve ever had spread over 7 weeks. They didn’t tell me that I would become an expert in… Read more

What's normal anyway?

There’s a lot they don’t tell you about pregnancy and parenthood. I had no idea bleeding noses and headaches were standard practice. Or that morning sickness would feel like the worst hangover I’ve ever had spread over 7 weeks. They didn’t tell me that I would become an expert in… Read more