Can We Prevent Pulmonary Atresia?

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Please can you help us? Our second baby was born with pulmonary atresia and survived only four and half months and we are heartbroken. We would like to try for another baby but are scared, as we were told we are double the risk of the same happening again.We know that the condition happens within the first 8 weeks of pregnancy and were wondering if there is anything we can do to help the same condition occurring. We have spoken to our own GP who said there is nothing we can do. We would be grateful for any advice you can give us.

ANSWER

I am so very sorry for your loss -- what a terrible thing to have happened. I agree with your GP, your risk is higher and there is nothing you can do short of buying a fertilized egg and implanting it.

BUT remember that double a VERY small number is still a very small number. The chances that it would happen again are very small.

-- Cynthia, CNM