Thursday, 10 May 2012

ARC - A small charity a day in May - Day Ten.

Welcome to day ten in Week Two - when pregnancy goes wrong where I highlight those small charities that help parents cope when pregnancy goes wrong.

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ARC is Antenatal Results and Choices; a nationwide charity which provides non-directive support and information to parents before, during and after prenatal testing.

They offer parents specialised support for as long as it is needed when they receive a worrying screening result or when a fetal anomaly is diagnosed in their unborn baby, to enable them to make decisions which are appropriate to their individual circumstances.

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I walked alongside my friend ten years ago as she and her husband heard the hardest news at a scan and had to make the decision no one should have to make. During time it was ARC who were an invaluable support.

ARC offers non-directive information and support to parents who are:
- Making decisions before, during and after the prenatal testing process
- Told that their unborn baby has an abnormality
- Making difficult decisions about continuing a pregnancy
- Making difficult decisions about ending a pregnancy
- Coping with complex and painful issues after making a decision, including bereavement

Around 750,000 women in the UK become pregnant every year, and all of them will be offered a screening test such an ultrasound scan, and/or a serum (blood) test. More than 35,000 women will be told that there is a risk their unborn baby has a serious fetal abnormality. This causes a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty for the parents and their families.

Most parents will ultimately be reassured that the pregnancy is progressing as expected. Unfortunately, some will receive the devastating news that their baby has a serious, sometimes fatal disorder, or a condition where the outlook is uncertain.

ARC also works closely with health care professionals to help them provide the best possible care in sensitive circumstances.

For more information please visit their website

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