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Stories of the lives of infants with anencephaly


"Hope is not the expectation that things will turn out well,
but the conviction that something is worth working for,
however it turns out."

Vaclav Havel


As anencephaly is usually detected during a pre-natal scan, parents are confronted with a choice between life and death. A choice often made with very little information of what is in store for them. It is with this in mind that we have made the choice to share the stories of the brief, but wonderful lives of babies with anencephaly. We hope that it will be of help to you and impart courage.

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"In the beginning I couldn't imagine how we could possibly go through with this - how I could possibly put my family and my daughter through this. As I accepted it was something that we had to do, I said fine Lord, but I don't think I could ever face him - please take him home soon. As time continued to pass I said fine Lord, I will face my son, but please take him home soon. Now, as my time with him begins to draw to a close, with God's perfect timing - there is an anticipation in my heart to meet my little fighter. Even though the world would not call him perfect, I know he will beautiful to us, and I will be so proud of him."
Holly, mom to Timothy Frank


Anouk Amanda Marie Anna Joy Ava Grace
Camdyn Courtney Denise Gabriel John Gracie Lynn
Hope Marie Ira Isabel Eve Jaden Thien
James Jenna Grace Jerry Elijah Jesse Alexander
Jonathan Joseph Jerome Joyann Julie
Kyle Benjamin Loren Joseph Lucas Adam Luke Daniel
Malachi Samuel Maryann Elizabeth McCoy Michael Andrew
Michael David Pedro Jose Robert William Rose Dale
Sarah Timothy Paul Tyler Damon Zakary Evan
Sandra Maritza Austin John Isaac Ayden
Zion-Grace Grayson Abbott Gianna Faith-Dawn Taylor Wayne
Faith Elizabeth Ajani Josiah Kylie Marie Samuel David
Carmen Arviansyah Peter Eoin Anthony
Zak Nathan Emmett Vitoria de Cristo Shelley
Gracelyn Hope Faith Elizabeth F. Konnor Scott Leila Anne
Stephanie Ann Gina Christie Khaylena Carleigh McKenna
Macy Ann Noah Tobias Ambra Storm Rachel Alice
Juliana Lucille Kevin Christopher Theo Nathaniel Bethani Beryl
Joshua Melvin Kassidy Briana Madilynn Anahera Makenna
Anastasia Joy Ethan Nicholas Amalya Nathaniel Ryder William
Presley Marie Abigail Leigh Kaitlin Mary Marvella Jean Love
Leo Oliver Joseph Shane Michael Nathan
Wonderful Legacy Marley Jane Lucy Sunflower Eira Rae
Joy Kyra Emmanuel John Gilda Joann
Ethan David James Henry Jaycee Avery Ann
Serenity Grace Charlotte Kathleen Brigid Valentine Wendy Belle
Joshua Philip Everly Olivia-Elise Railyn Hope
Ozzie Isaiah Haven William Vincent Ambrose Luna Faith
Gabriel Jude Ava-Marie Luke Anderson Benedict Oliver
Charlotte Mary John Joseph Natalie Joy Mirabel Monique



Anna and Logan Anna and Tess David and Jonathan Faith and Sarah
Matthew and Emily Clara and Caleb Emily and Hayden Carys and Paxton
Christopher and Harry Madeline and Molly Matthew and Noah Oran and Jude
Elizabeth and Lauren Albi and Bobby Cayden and Carter Jason and Carson
Kaden and Kaysen


Find the list of stories sorted by the baby's birthday


The site does not necessarily agree with the personal beliefs / faith of the the families and the medical advice they got. However, we have chosen to allow the stories to read as written so that parents could feel safe in sharing their unique experiences of giving birth to their children with anencephaly.


I sometimes wonder when things will get back to "normal" again (I think what I'm really asking is "When will this not hurt anymore?"), but I can't help but think this experience will redefine "normal" for us. And, if normal means going back to being the person I was, even two weeks ago, and tossing out the beautiful lessons the Lord has shown me, then I don't want "normal."

Ryan and Laura, parents to Emily Jean


Don't waste your child's life
Jon and Jenni are the parents of Chase who had anencephaly. On their blog, Jon shares a few journal entries he wrote during the pregnancy and after Chase's birth and death. Their wish is that others may be comforted with the comfort they received.
We are very grateful that they allowed us to publish their inspiring and helpful texts.


It's quite hard to find fathers expressing their feelings about their child with anencephaly. On the linkpage you can find several links to texts written by fathers


If you have carried a baby with anencephaly to term and want to share your story with us, e-mail us, we would be more than happy to add a page for your baby.


Stories of parents who carried their baby to term despite a poor prenatal diagnosis



Last updated May 14, 2024