Brave words from JoAnne Cascia of New Jersey, America. At twenty six weeks’ gestation, her baby was diagnosed with thanatophoric skeletal dysplasia. This is a lethal form of dwarfism affecting the ribs, making them too small for the baby’s lungs to develop properly. Doctors encouraged her to abort her baby but all she could think was: ‘I’m his mother. My job is to protect him.’ JoAnne carried her baby to term and delivered a beautiful baby boy. She had a precious hour and a half with him before he died.

Read JoAnne’s moving story, and those of four other women who made the courageous choice to carry their seriously ill unborn babies to term here.