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Give Yourself Peace Of Mind During Pregnancy…

 Give Yourself Peace Of Mind During Pregnancy...

It’s not something you want to think about. Once you’ve had the exciting news that you’re expecting, the thought that something could go wrong with your baby, at any stage, is terrifying. Besides, there are a million other things for mums-to-be to stress over – like, what can I eat? What do I wear? What is this thing called labour?

However, it’s extremely common for us to worry that something will go ‘wrong’ with our baby. According to research by March of Dimes (a US organisation dedicated to reducing the number of premature births), 78% of mums worried about their baby having a birth defect 1. And whilst it’s understandable that we don’t want to allow this thought to escape into the world, or give it credence for fear of making it true, should we be more mindful in planning for every eventuality? After all, when we invest in a car, a house or a pet, most of us will protect ourselves.

What Can I Do To Protect My Baby?

The good news is that we can take steps to give ourselves some peace of mind. After all, why make a worrying time more stressful? Surely, thinking about the future and making sure we’re prepared makes sense during the most life-changing of times?

The emotions that the words ‘baby’ and ‘insurance’ conjure up couldn’t be further apart on the scale. Many are not aware that you can insure your family against the tragic outcome of your baby being born stillborn, with an illness, or a condition. Whilst most births are straightforward, figures show that 1 in 46 babies are born with some kind of congenital malformation 2.

Thinking about insurance might seem a little insensitive at a time that heralds so much joy and positivity, but could it help to alleviate some of the worry?

EmbryoCare is the only provider of Future Family Insurance in the UK. Their Future Family Insurance cover has been created to ensure that families are protected – both financially and emotionally – should something happen.

Dr John FyshDr John Fysh is one of the country’s leading consultant paediatricians, and has seen up close the emotional and financial burden that parents who have given birth to babies with conditions experience. Dr Fysh is a member of the Board of Directors as Chief Medical Officer at EmbryoCare and was instrumental in creating and developing their groundbreaking Future Family Insurance.

“I’ve witnessed first hand the difficulties families face when they have a newborn with a birth defect, and I know the importance of considering the impact on your family and preparing for a difficult outcome.

“When children unexpectedly have the illnesses that we are covering, families experience a great deal of out-of-pocket expenditure, including multiple occasions off work to go to outpatient appointments, the cost of equipment, the cost of modifying their house and car. Future Family Insurance can give parents peace of mind that should something happen after their 20 week scan, they are going to have the financial cushion to help them deal with the problem, allowing them to focus on looking after their child rather than the financial aspects.”

And it’s not just about finances. All packages come with emotional support too. Having quick and easy access to knowledgeable and trusted professionals during a crisis is invaluable. It can mean the difference between coping and falling apart. If you have no idea who you would turn to, these insurance packages give you the peace of mind of knowing that there is an entire support system should things go wrong.

So, perhaps we have kept quiet about this issue for too long? By not wanting to think about a negative outcome, we have shut down the possibility of planning for it. Protecting ourselves against trauma is sensible and we’ve been doing it for years in other areas of our lives. So why not protect our families?

Related article: The Panorama Test: Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) Screening

REFERENCES

 [1] http://www.marchofdimes.org/news/sushi-and-breastfeeding-join-birth-defects-and-preterm-birth-as-leading-concerns-of-moms.aspx
 [2] https://www.embryocare.co.uk/about/

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