Baby Joel, prenatally diagnosed with anencephaly, held by his father (2015).
Supporting Parents in the Preparation of a Birth Plan
Guidance for First Responders: Encouraging Parents to Carry to Term
BNA Peer Ministry Training Program
Parents served were sent an online survey that allowed them to respond to nine statements and provide a written free response regarding the BNA support they received carrying to term following a prenatal diagnosis. The results follow…
91% strongly agreed that they had benefited from the support received from BNA. (9% agreed)
I cannot express how much help this organization has been to our family as we carried our precious baby girl to term and ultimately said goodbye. Thank you!!
Both my peers did an awesome job helping with my birth plan I knew nothing about…one has become more of my friend instead of an employee from BNA...I have no clue how this organization came across my case…but I am so glad they did.. I couldn't have made it through none of it without them or the information they provided to me.
82% strongly agreed that BNA responded to questions and concerns in a timely manner. (18% agreed)
What helped the most was having someone to talk to... I don't think there was one time I reached out to my peers when I did not receive a reply that day, if not within 24 hours. That means so much when you are going through something so challenging--just being available.
We are eternally grateful for the peace that having you all as a resource brought us as we traveled this journey. We received prompt, thorough responses to our questions and the peer support was such a blessing.
90% strongly agreed that the BNA support they received was important to their personal well-being in the experience of carrying to term. (10% agreed)
BNA was a spiritual and emotional lifesaver. The good people at BNA helped alleviate our deepest fears about carrying to term and provided positive details about how to maneuver the hospital when the time came (i.e. birth plan, etc.) The special mementos sent to us throughout the pregnancy helped validate and celebrate the little human that we brought into this world. Thanks from all our heart.
I greatly appreciated hearing someone tell me that the feelings I was going through were normal. You can feel so isolated, like this is only happening to you and no one understands, or that you "shouldn't" be feeling a certain way. My peers validated my feelings and understood them. They didn't make me feel bad or guilty. They let me own my feelings and helped me realize it was okay that I was feeling all that I was…The rosaries given to us, the blanket with our baby’s name on it, the white gown we laid him to rest in, and the baby blue blanket with a cross on it that he was also laid to rest in were the most meaningful gifts to us. You guys went above and beyond and I don't think there was anything additional you could have done.
91% strongly agreed that the BNA peers and volunteers were sensitive to their needs and knowledgeable. (9% agreed)
I SO appreciated the availability of my peer and the doctor on the board…The knowledge and positive encouragement and support that we received from your staff was incredible.
What helped the very most was the guidance through creating a detailed birth plan. THANK YOU!
BNA was amazing to us in our time of need. Our peer was invaluable and I couldn't have got through it without her. Everything about our experience was made easier because of BNA's knowledge and help. I can't thank BNA enough!
Your ministry was instrumental in helping us make a birth plan for our baby…Your ministry helped us know what our options were and how to present our plan and desires to our doctors. So thankful for your ministry as we were able to experience more of our daughter through your knowledge.
91% believed that BNA provided support not otherwise available to them.
God blessed us by guiding us to the support of BNA...I don't think we would have made it without this ministry. Phone conversations helped the most and the guidance especially with care providers. I would not have known all the options otherwise as my doctor did not see two patients with the terminal diagnosis of our son.
I thank God for BNA. I don't know how I would have made it through the pregnancy, birth, and death of our sweet baby girl. What helped me the most was my peer telling me what to expect and talking to me a few times a week. It was comforting knowing that someone truly understood what I was going through.
We are grateful for the support from BNA. We would have had an entirely different experience had it not been for the guidance and love we received when we lost our baby girl.
100% would encourage other parents experiencing a prenatal diagnosis to carry to term, and 96% would refer other parents carrying to term to BNA.
Thank you for all that you do. We appreciate you guys so much and will be praying for your own strength and peace in the days ahead as you minister to needy families…God bless you guys.
I can't think of any way to improve the ministry. Thank you is not enough.
Your ministry was truly a God send. You're always in our prayers and we're so thankful that you helped us.
BNA was a blessing from the Lord in our eyes. He put people in our lives exactly when we needed them.
We are eternally indebted to this ministry. Thanks again!
We love BNA! Just love them!