- Apr 2, 2020
The idea of a “baby shower” figuratively, not literally, appears in the Gospels.
Sarah Williams discovered her unborn child had lethal skeletal dysplasia, and birth would be fatal. She and her husband decided to carry the baby to term, a decision that shocked medical staff and her professional colleagues.
A recent Vatican conference looked at care for babies with severe life-limiting conditions.
A safe-haven program called Angel Cradle, operated by Covenant Health, may have saved a newborn baby’s life.
Technology is advancing in the area of ‘ectogenesis’: The ability for a baby to develop outside of the womb. Although the technology could eventually be helpful for a baby born very premature and at real risk of death, there is a danger of forgetting pregnancy is a core aspect of motherhood that grounds each of us socially in the world into which we are born.
On Friday, Pope Francis visited a neonatal hospital unit and a hospice for the terminally ill, stressing the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. The Sept. 16 visit is the latest in the Pope’s “Mercy Friday” initiatives, to spend time with various groups each month during the Jubilee of Mercy.