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What do the parents served by BNA think of the support BNA provided?

100% of the parents served by BNA would refer to BNA.

 

97% agreed that the BNA support they received was important to their personal well-being in the experience of carrying to term.

BNA gave me so much guidance and support as I didn't know anyone who had received a prenatal diagnosis like we had.

The support we received was game-changing.  I can't imagine having gone through this without BNA.

Such amazing support and information to help me parent my little guy the best I could while he was here with me.

It made a tremendous difference being able to talk with someone 1) who had also experienced a similar experience and 2) who wasn't involved in my life otherwise.

The support we received from BNA was invaluable. Their support and resources were instrumental in getting the best care for our baby that we could.


95% agreed that BNA provided support not otherwise available to them.

Yes, we had a lot of caring friends and family but none of them really understood what were going through.  I don't know what we would have done without BNA.

No one else really knew what I was going through and not everyone understood or was willing to help.  BNA was there for me every step of the way.

I was grateful for the support I received.  It was invaluable!

Although we had great family and community support, BNA helped us with things family and friends would not know how to help with--practical things like writing a birth plan, arranging a priest for a hospital baptism, connecting us with peers, etc.

What is BNA?

Be Not Afraid (BNA) is a private non-profit organization which provides comprehensive case management to parents carrying to term following a prenatal diagnosis.  Our staff and peers strive to develop a relationship of trust while providing for the emotional and tangible needs of parents at diagnosis, during pregnancy, at birth and during the post postpartum period for up to one year. We believe that every baby is a gift, and we support parents not only in advocating for basic care, but also in obtaining the treatment they deem appropriate for their child after birth no matter the diagnosis.  We follow the ethical teaching of the Catholic Church, but serve parents of all denominations.

What does BNA do?

Recognizing the often difficult and unique situations faced by parents, we provide individualized support and care.  The experience of a prenatal diagnosis leaves parents shocked and bereaved, and often they are also traumatized by the way in which information concerning their baby's diagnosis was shared and/or by the offer abortion.  We provide bereavement support, practical guidance, information, and referrals so that parents understand what is normal, what is possible and what might be helpful as they carry to term.  We work with parents in the development of a written birth plan which includes a newborn care plan so that they understand the decisions they may make regarding labor, birth and the care of their baby.  We attend births when requested or assist parents in finding appropriate birth support.  We share information on funeral planning and memory-making and can help with the cost of a funeral if needed.  For parents after birth, we offer on-going contacts for one year, private Facebook communities, and referrals for support as needed.

 

You Are Mine

Diagnosed prenatally with Trisomy 13, Avonlea's parents were told she would not survive. Sometimes babies with conditions characterized as "incompatible with life" surprise us.  Avonlea is one of those babies.  (Photography and Video by The Schultzes - http://lovetheschultzes.com/)