“I’m sad the tiny beating hearts you see every day don’t fill you with a perpetual awe. I’m sad the intricate details and the miracle of those sweet little fingers and toes, lungs and eyes and ears don’t always give you pause,” Courtney Baker wrote to her doctor. “I’m sad you were so very wrong to say a baby with Down syndrome would decrease our quality of life. And I’m heartbroken you might have said that to a mommy even today.”
Baker was pressured by every prenatal doctor she saw once they found out her daughter had Down syndrome. In a letter to the unnamed doctor they settled on, she wrote, “Instead of support and encouragement, you suggested we terminate our child. I told you her name, and you asked us again if we understood how low our quality of life would be with a child with Down syndrome. You suggested we reconsider our decision to continue the pregnancy.”
And yet Baker says this first year with her now 15 month old daughter has been “the happiest year of our lives," calling little Emersyn Faith "perfect." Life Site News reports that nearly all of the families that decide to keep their Down syndrome baby are so happy that they did. "No less than 99 percent of people diagnosed with Down syndrome said they are happy with their lives, according to a study published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics. Only four percent of parents or siblings reported any regret over having a member of the family with Down syndrome."
Yet nearly all parents are encouraged to abort their Down syndrome babies, with nearly 90% of Down syndrome babies being aborted in the womb. Baker hopes her letter may help to change that. "I want doctors to know how valuable and worthy the unborn are, typical and disabled,” Baker told NBC's Today Parents. “I want everyone else to soften their hearts and learn that we're all different, but we all deserve life and we all deserve love.”
This letter is so beautiful! Don't you agree? God bless the Bakers!