by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins
Episode #80: Navigating Genetic Testing and Pregnancy Loss During a Pandemic with Cortnie
This week we have a tough episode about pregnancy loss. But we’re joined by a really lovely guest who’s sharing her story in the hope that it will help other parents in a similar situation.
Cortnie is an educator, wife and mom to a two-year-old. She recently got pregnant for the second time, but genetic testing during her pregnancy sadly revealed that her baby had trisomy 13, a rare genetic condition caused by an extra copy of chromosome 13 in the baby's cells. This diagnosis usually means a baby will have severe physical and intellectual disabilities and a very low chance of surviving the first year of life. This was, of course, an incredibly hard thing for Cortnie and her family to hear, and navigating what to do next was a huge challenge.
Cortnie joins us to talk about how she and her husband processed this diagnosis, the kind of care she did and didn't receive and how the pandemic affected it, and how she and her husband came to their decision about the pregnancy. This is such an important story to share about Cortnie's experience and the changes our healthcare system needs to make if it is going to support parents when they really need it.
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Pregnancy, prenatal care, genetic testing, trisomy 13, pregnancy loss