Below are ideas of questions you may like to ask at your next hospital appointment.

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About the diagnosis

  • I don’t really understand what is wrong with the baby?
  • Why has the baby got something wrong with its heart?
  • Did we cause the baby’s problem?
  • What further tests will we need?
  • What treatments are available to help the baby?
  • Who can help me understand the condition?

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Treatment choices

  • Am I allowed to terminate this late in pregnancy?
  • What will termination mean for me?
  • If I terminate the pregnancy can I have other children?
  • What happens to the baby if we don’t want surgery?
  • Who will help us if we take the baby home?
  • If we have surgery who will do it?
  • Will we have to travel to receive treatment?
  • What are the risks of surgery?
  • How long will our baby live?

What will happen in the future?


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The plan for the baby

  • What will happen to the baby after it’s born?
  • Who will be looking after the baby?
  • Can we be with the baby?
  • Will we be told what is happening with the baby?
  • If the baby has to travel can we go with them?
  • How will the baby’s condition be kept stable before surgery?
  • Will I be able to breastfeed the baby?
  • Can the baby have a heart transplant?

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The future

  • Can I have more children?
  • What are the risks of having another child with the same problem?
  • How will the baby be after surgery?
  • What sort of life do children with this condition have?
  • Do children spend their lives in a wheelchair?

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Delivering the baby

  • Will I need a Caesarean section? Will I be induced?
  • Can my partner be with me when I have the baby?
  • Where will I have the baby?
  • Will I see the baby after it’s born?

 

 

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