Chiara

It took us almost one week to name our second daughter.  We wanted to show the world that she is someone strong and beautiful; as much as her older sister was.  And so, we named our little beauty, “Chiara.” Pronounced Kee-ah-ra, it means “light, clear.”

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Evie

My husband Chris and I had been married for a couple of years and felt we were ready to start a family. It took a little time to fall pregnant but when we did it was like we were walking on air. We were finally going to be parents and my mind started racing thinking about what our future child would look like etc. We had always decided we wouldn’t find out the sex, we felt there weren’t many amazing surprises left anymore so this was definitely going to be our biggest yet.

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Sophie

We declined the screening for Down syndrome when I was pregnant with our first child Maisie, feeling a little different as we were ushered away from the corridor which all the other pregnant Mums appeared to be headed down. I remember questioning then, why this focus on Down syndrome? Are their lives considered less worthy? When we became pregnant with our second child, our niece had been born with Down syndrome a few months before. We still declined screening as again we felt we would love our child whatever, and welcoming our beautiful niece into our family confirmed this even more. There were a number of complications in this pregnancy, which raised our anxieties, and looking back I think I was prepared in part for something unexpected…

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River

My story is very unique, in the sense that River wasn’t diagnosed with Down syndrome until he was 6 months old. I often feel like by not getting a birth diagnosis, I kind of side stepped those initial first months of fear and sadness. It just never really came, not in an intense way.

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Lennon

Lennon was conceived out of love with the assistance of Oxford Fertility Centre to Hayley (32 at Lennon’s birth) and Paul (59), and was born in September 2015 at 38 weeks by emergency caesarean section. That was the last we saw of him that day. Lennon was born with Persistent Newborn Pulmonary Hypertension and Sepsis (which has nothing to do with him having Down syndrome) and had to be resuscitated at birth. Not a very good start. He had to be transferred to a Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit where he remained for about 9 weeks. Frankly he was not expected to survive and on more than one occasion we were told to expect the worse.

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Beth

I am Sarah and I live with my husband David and our three girls Hannah (almost 7 years), Beth (4 1/2 years) and Jessie (3 weeks!).   I can remember clearly that lovely time before our 12 week scan when only David and close family knew that we were expecting our second child. I felt tired and a bit nauseas but was absolutely thrilled with our little secret. We had a lovely holiday camping in France with Hannah then aged 20 months and I couldn’t help but daydream constantly about ‘this time next year ……’ It was going to be great, the new baby would be about 6 months the following summer and Hannah 3 years – what fun we were going to have and how blessed did I feel?!!

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Charlotte

Hi everyone. This is the story of Charlotte’s journey, she is the joy in our lives. Second to the day she was born, my second happiest moment in life was the 27 July 2011, as that was the day we were told I was pregnant. Colin and I had been trying for a baby for 7 years, and on what we had decided was our last shot at IVF, we hit the jackpot.

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