January 2013

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I Regretted My Amnio by Meriah NicholsOne mother's description of discovering who her daughter really is...

On Tuesday, I began a series of guest posts in which women reflect upon their prenatal testing experience. Patti Rice shared Why I Wish I Had Chosen Prenatal Testing, and today Meriah Nichols offers the opposite perspective:

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The beginning of my pregnancy with Moxie feels jumbled, ...

On Identity, Being an Evangelical, and Writing

Kristina Robb Dover, blogger at Saints and Sinners over at beliefnet, recently asked if she could interview me. The interview begins:

Christianity Today has named you one of 50 women to know, for your work in (and I quote) "profoundly shaping the evangelical church and North ...

Why I Wish I Had Chosen Prenatal Testing by Patti RiceOne pro-life mother reflects on why she wishes she had known prenatally that her daughter had Down syndrome.

Patti Rice is my first guest in what will be a series of guest posts to hear from women who have had a wide range of experiences with prenatal testing. Check back in on Thursday for Meriah Nichols, who writes about why she regrets her amniocentesis, and next week to hear from ...

Imagining Down SyndromeThe prospect of disability often cuts off the possibilities of imagining a good life, not necessarily because a good life is impossible, but because a good life with a disability is unknown. Two stories that help us imagine a good life with Down syndrome...

One of my projects as a writer, in broad terms, is to argue on behalf of children with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Another project is to help people imagine what life with a child with Down syndrome might be like. I assume that when I tell stories about Penny and our ...

Why Women Need Pre Prenatal Counseling"every woman or couple, no matter their risk level, will face decisions about prenatal testing throughout the course of a pregnancy. "

The following is an excerpt from my new ebook, What Every Woman Needs to Know About Prenatal Testing: Insights from a Mom Who Has Been There:

This book comes out of the past six years of learning about Down syndrome and other disabilities, loving our children in the midst of ...

A Good and Perfect Gift Available for FREE Today Only!For one day only, A Good and Perfect Gift is free for Kindle, Nook, or any other e-reader. Please help spread the word!

I am terrible at hawking my wares, but this really is a good offer. For one day only, today, January 24th, A Good and Perfect Gift (a spiritual memoir about coming to recognize our daughter Penny for who she is, a gift) is available for free as an ebook (if you are ordering ...

What do Down Syndrome, Abortion, and Baby Girls Have to do with One Another?"Statistics also suggest that at least 50% of all fetuses with Down syndrome in the US are aborted. That rate becomes higher among women who have a prenatal diagnosis of DS (probably 70%) and higher still when talking about other Western nations (90%). So, while being born a girl in Asia is not exactly the same as being born with Down syndrome here, I wanted to suggest some parallels."

When I write posts for other sites, I generally avoid the comments sections. Some longtime readers might remember a post I wrote for Motherlode over two years ago in which I explained why I wasn't screening my pregnancy for Down syndrome. Nearly 200 comments later, I was worn ...

Why Should You Care About Prenatal Testing?What people are saying about my new ebook about prenatal testing, and why you should read it too.

As I mentioned yesterday, I've written a new ebook about prenatal testing (info on how and where to purchase it at the bottom of this post). For the next few weeks, this blog will center around a host of questions, stories, and opinions related to prenatal testing. I've written ...

Ebook and Free Book and a New Website to Boot

Three fun things to announce:

I am delighted to announce the publication of my long-awaited (at least by me, since my original deadline for this thing was last June!) ebook about prenatal testing. This book is designed not as a medical guide to options or as counsel for women ...

Respecting Atheism While Believing in JesusBuechner writes, "...the war I fought was to convince as many as I could that religious faith, even if they chose to have none of it, was not as bankrupt and banal and easily disposable as most of them believed."

I've been reading Frederick Beuchner's Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation. It's a short book that details Buechner's transition from college to teaching to Union seminary to chaplaincy and then to full time writing. As someone who shares Beuchner's faith and who also lives on ...

One Thing You Can Do About the Orphans in Russia

I wrote yesterday about the grave situation of orphans in Russia, particularly those with special needs. If you want to take action to petition President Putin and President Obama to work to ensure that orphans already in the adoption process can continue, please consider contacting ...

Why I Don't Think Random Acts of Kindness are all that GreatSolitary random acts of kindness don't ask nearly enough of us.

A few weeks ago I wrote a response to the shootings in Sandy Hook for the Atlantic (The Importance of Teaching Kindness at a Very Young Age) in which I called upon parents to teach their children kindness as a proactive response against the violence and death of December 14th. ...

When Turning Four Means a Death Sentence: Russia, Adoption, and Down syndromeOur friends are trying to adopt a boy with Down syndrome from Russia, but he may end up in an institution and doomed to an early death. Is there any hope?

Friends of ours have been trying to adopt an orphan with Down syndrome for years now. In order to protect their tenuous status as adoptive parents, I can't go into all the details. But I can tell you that they have prayed for their son, they have filled out form after form after ...

Mommy, What Does Forgive Mean?How fighting with my son and a murder case in Florida helped me understand more about God's grace.

It's an unfortunate theme of my life these days, and therefore an unfortunate theme of this blog, that I frequently fight with my son. Much of the time, we get along really well. He slips his warm hand into mine as we walk down the hallway of his school. He scrambles to my room ...

When Your Twin Has Down Syndrome and You Don't (Perfectly Human by Vicki Vila)"...what does it really mean when your missing puzzle piece, your twin, has Down syndrome, and you don’t? This will either be a most irrelevant question in my young daughter’s life or a most important one, and I may never know which."

"Mommy, do I have Down syndrome too?"

My four-year old daughter asked me very matter-of-factly, without fear or expectation, only with curiosity. She does not, in fact, have Down syndrome. Or maybe she does, in the sense that it will forever be part of her identity as a fraternal ...

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