In a small percentage of pregnancies, an abnormality will be found in a fetus during prenatal testing, such as ultrasound, amniocentesis, etc. In some cases, the abnormality is mild or treatable either before or shortly after birth. In other cases, after consulting with Medical Genetics and newborn care specialists, the woman and her family have made the very difficult decision to terminate the pregnancy.
Because prenatal diagnosis is most often done after the first trimester (12 weeks) of pregnancy, pregnancy terminations due to fetal anomaly usually take place at a later stage (up to 25 weeks). This requires special arrangements for preparing the woman for the procedure and assisting her in making certain decisions and arrangements.
The CARE Program provides the support and coordination needed for women and families who are facing a late term abortion. This includes arranging the necessary procedures, and involving other support systems as required by the woman, including spiritual care, grief and loss counselling, and memorial arrangements.