LISTEN ON ITUNES
Listen in as I spend some time with Elizabeth Bloomquist who’s daughter, Isabelle was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 after early prenatal testing around 11 weeks. Elizabeth shares very helpful and practical wisdom in this episode about Trisomy 18, what it is and how you can advocate for your baby if you have been given a similar diagnosis.
She talks very practically about who you will need on your care team, the decisions you will need to make, why creating a birth plan was helpful and resources she used to make sure all of those things were in place.
And while those things are incredibly necessary and I am so grateful for the tangible help this episode will provide for women facing a trisomy diagnosis, the most beautiful part of this episode was hearing Elizabeth talk about her daughter — how much she loves her and how because of her, everything has changed — in the best kind of way.
Elizabeth speaks with a deep-rooted joy and a confident hope that is sure to encourage anyone listening who has received a life-limiting diagnosis for their baby. If that’s you today, I pray this episode is a gentle reminder that you are not alone. There are women who have walked this road and who want to help you.
- SOFT: Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 & Related Disorders
- Carrying to Term: a non-profit organization dedicated to helping mother’s who have been given a prenatal diagnosis of a life-limiting condition the support, tools, and resources necessary to navigate the months ahead.
- Creating a Birth Plan via Carrying to Term
- Birth Plans & Resources via SOFT
If you or someone you know has received a life-limiting or terminal diagnosis for your baby,
please check out this resource page with information and helpful resources for navigating this season.
My name is Elizabeth Bloomquist, I am 29 years old, and I reside in Corpus Christi, Tx. I have been married to my amazing husband, Taylor, for almost 5 years. In December 2018, we had a beautiful baby girl named Isabelle Jaimes, and after 4 short days, she passed away due to complications with Trisomy 18. I now spend my days either working for our local Pregnancy Resource Center as a Client Advocate or working on grief and bereavement support endeavors and spreading pregnancy and infant loss awareness. I am currently 18 weeks pregnant with our new blessing.