My Child, My Gift: A Positive Response to Serious Prenatal Diagnosis

My Child, My Gift: A Positive Response to Serious Prenatal Diagnosis

by Madeline Pecora Nugent


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My Child, My Gift: A Positive Response to Serious Prenatal Diagnosis by Madeline Pecora Nugent

“A comprehensive guide for parents who are unfortunately given the 'bad news' regarding their pre-born child with either an ultrasound or laboratory diagnosis of a potential or real congenital problem. It explains to them both secular and religious faith-based strategies on how to emotionally, psychologically and spiritually prepare for and assimilate the multiple and various emotions they will have to reconcile, as well as how to deal with the mixed messages they will be receiving from family members, friends, physicians, and their own inner conflicting feelings…. My prayers have been answered in Madeline Pecora Nugent's My Child, My Gift.”

From the Foreword by


"This volume is a must read for each parent, grandparent and friend. Nugent has answered every question asked regarding the pains and joys of motherhood. Madeline's words are written to mothers who crave honest counsel and anticipate earnest guidance. To call this book "Every Mother's Bible" would sound irreverent. But sincerely this is undoubtedly the most profound and complete guide to understanding what love means at the heart of becoming a mother. This treasure piece is essential to occupy every woman's library.”


Author of Simple Acts of Kindness

Includes many insights and experiences of parents, along with b/w photos of their children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565482913
Publisher: New City Press NY
Publication date: 03/28/2008
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.01(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

MADELINE PECORA NUGENT, a wife, mother of 5 children, and grandmother of two has written five other books and over 250 articles.

Table of Contents

Forward     7
Preface     9
Acknowledgements     12
Introduction     13
Finding Out     21
Tests and Terminations     36
Dealing with Doctors     59
Parenting Options     72
Sharing the News     84
Birth and Death Plans     95
If Your Child Lives     118
Into the Future with a Child Who Survives     137
The Gift of Your Child     161
Useful Books     169
Useful Agencies and Resources     173
Scripture and Inspirational Quotations     178
If You Have Had a Termination     181
Grief Journey     184
Sibling Stories     187
Catholic Teaching on Early Induction of Labor     191
Glossary     193

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