Birth defects are
reported in about 5% of babies but the number of people with some undetected
birth defect is probably extraordinarily high. If you think about the people you
know, you may be aware of someone having eyes of different colours, one or
two malformed ears or a distinguishable birth mark. All of these are birth
defects. Birth defects are actually very common but we usually only worry
about them when they affect essential metabolic function or intelligence.
The wonder of the Human Form
Pause for a moment to think of the complexity of the human form. Think of the intricacy
and beauty of the eyes, the ears, the mouth and the hands and feet. Now consider that
beyond what we see is an extraordinarily complex design of cells and tissues. These
provide the inner structure and function. And this complex individual grows from a single
cell, the fertilised egg. Isn't it surprising how often this complex system
goes completely according to plan rather than that there are sometimes
the problems described as birth defects?
When and how things go wrong
Sometimes things go wrong and a baby is born with important birth defects
that will mar the child's life. This is a
tragedy for the couple and their family. They want to know what went wrong? Could it have
been avoided? Will it happen again?
If your Baby has birth defects and dies
When babies die at birth or late in pregnancy, it is traumatic and can
haunt the couple for a very long time. It is important for your grief that you hold your
baby and later have a burial or special ceremony to celebrate your baby's life. Have the
hospital staff take photos so that you can always retain the memory of your child.
If you live in Australia you will gain support from the organisation known
Tests and Autopsy for Babies with Birth Defects
I suggest that you consent to any tests that are offered to you,
especially to an autopsy. The tests and autopsy will often disclose the cause of your
baby's birth defects. This will help you greatly when you decide to try to conceive again.
If your baby has MULTIPLE ABNORMALITIES be sure that your baby's chromosomes
are examined. Failure to do appropriate tests can lead to the birth of other
children with abnormalities. I have considerable experience helping with
unfortunate cases as an
Time for Grief
Take time to grieve for the loss of this child before you attempt to
conceive again. This will help you both physically and emotionally.
are caused by one of the following:
Genes: Defective genes can
cause abnormalities in babies. There will often have been another occurrence of this
problem in the family. If there has been no previous problem in your family and you have
been told that you both carry an exceptionally rare gene, please
CONTACT me for an alternative explanation.
I think that the explanation of two, unrelated people carrying a very
rare gene is incorrect. My explanation is based on strong scientific
evidence that you can give to your doctor. My Email
consultations are inexpensive and can save you pain and heart-ache.
in the structure of Chromosomes:
Your baby's chromosomes were tested and found to be abnormal. Perhaps you were told there
was a translocation, deletion or ring chromosome. You will have had your own chromosomes
tested. If your chromosomes are normal, you might be told that you will have no future
problems. I disagree with this advice and would again urge you to contact me for an
CONTACT consultation. So called "spontaneous"
chromosomal abnormalities can occur in many cells of a person who has been exposed to
toxic chemicals or radiation,
certain social or medicinal drugs, or has dietary deficiencies.
in the number of chromosomes:
Trisomy 13, trisomy 18, trisomy X and trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) are each due to the baby
having an extra chromosome. Monosomy X is due to the loss of a sex chromosome. Each of
these is caused by an error of cell division, usually in the division that produces the
unfertilized egg. Errors occur because of the physiological conditions in mother's body.
If they occur once they can occur again. It is important to rectify the unbalanced body
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(hard copy or e-book) or contact me for counselling to discover how to overcome future
IF YOU HAVE A CHILD WITH DOWN SYNDROME AND NEED SUPPORT,
Most people will have heard of thalidomide, the drug that caused "amputation"
birth defects in babies. Other drugs and chemical exposures can cause
birth defects in
babies. Be sure that neither you or your partner is exposed prior to or during conception.
Your partner can transfer chemicals to you in SEMEN.
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has information about
chemicals that can cause abnormalities.
Dietary deficiencies can cause abnormal development. There is an awareness of the
importance of Folic Acid in pregnancy but this is only one of our many dietary needs.
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gives information on the
importance of a wide range of foods and what can happen if your diet is inadequate. My own
studies showed that congenital heart defects are caused by dietary deficiencies.
You need to have a high quality diet not only to avoid problems but to
give your baby the best possible start in life. Your diet during your pregnancy could
influence the chances of your child developing heart disease, diabetes or other illnesses
later in his or her life!