Be Not Afraid ministry featured in Charlotte paper
Thanks to the Charlotte Catholic Herald for running this story about the work of our Tracy Winsor helping moms who recieve the difficult news . . . on the journey and beyond.
Be Not Afraid
A network of support for poor prenatal diagnoses
Special to the Catholic News & Herald
The words were unexpected and horrifying. Sean and Lisa Karleski of Mooresville had anticipated
An afternoon of shopping in Charlotte after a routine level II ultrasound. At 17 weeks gestation,
They were to find out if their baby was boy or a girl and celebrate with purchases of blue or pink.
“We were past twelve weeksand everything had been fine. Then suddenly the ultrasound tech is
saying that she needs to go and get the doctor because she’s seeing some things she doesn’t like,”
remembers Lisa. “Incompatible with life’ is the most horrible phrase I’ve ever heard . . . I left in tears.”
This is increasingly the experience of parents who are told that their unborn baby has a medical
problem or disability. Advances in prenatal screening technologies have allowed for the earlier
detection of numerous fetal defects. Conditions that would not have been discovered until birth a
generation ago are now detected prenatally. Sadly, this earlier diagnosis does not necessarily offer parents the hope of treatment. continue