Every woman wants to make sure that her pregnancy goes smoothly and that her child is safe. Therefore, the information this young woman learned at her routine prenatal checkups did not cause her unyielding love for her unborn child to fade.
Due to the Down syndrome of her fetus, physicians recommended that she think about ending the pregnancy. But despite having to make a difficult choice, she persisted and decided to take her child to term. Years later, she would pen a moving letter to the physician as she looked back on her experience raising a kid with Down syndrome.
Mothers and their children share an unshakable bond. On her path to motherhood, Courtney Williams Baker met Emersyn, a wonderful youngster with Down syndrome. Doctors had made the diagnosis during those early prenatal checkups. She and her husband were given the chance to end the pregnancy, but they adamantly refused.
Emersyn turned two years old in the year 2016 before Courtney finally made the decision to express her feelings. She opened her letter by relating a friend’s pregnancy story that she had heard. During sonograms, the friend’s pregnant doctor had constantly referred to her child as “perfect.” That same doctor reassured her, adding, “I warned you. Your son has Down syndrome. He is flawless. Courtney was really affected by this tale since it so sharply contrasted with her own life.
She stated in her letter, “A friend recently told me of how her prenatal specialist would exclaim, “He’s perfect,” when he saw her child during her sonograms. Her tale tore me to pieces. Although I was incredibly appreciative of my friend’s experience, I was also incredibly saddened by what I should have had.
Courtney continued by describing how this contrast had profoundly influenced her. She yearned for the same kindness and support that her friend had experienced throughout her pregnancy with a Down syndrome. She wished that her own doctor had offered that kind of moral support when she needed it most.
“I wish you had been that physician. I came to you at the most trying point in my life because I was afraid, worried, and totally dejected. I genuinely wanted you to tell me the truth about my baby because I didn’t know it yet. But instead of giving us advice and encouragement, you advised we put our child to death. You questioned us once more about whether we realized how much lower our quality of life would be if we had a child with Down syndrome after I gave you her name. You advised us to reevaluate our choice to carry the pregnancy.
She went on to say that following that first meeting, every doctor’s appointment had turned into a hassle. Those times carried a heavy emotional burden for Courtney since, as she would eventually learn, her child was nothing short of perfect.
She wrote: “From that first visit, we dreaded our appointments,” expressing the anguish she had gone through. “Because you lied to me, the most trying time in my life was rendered almost intolerable. My child was flawless.
Courtney’s world has been given new life and significance by Emersyn. She had evolved from being merely a mother to becoming a spokesperson, a poster child for unwavering love, and a source of motivation for countless others. Emersyn had given their life meaning, joy, and a better appreciation of beauty and love.
“As you can see, Emersyn has not only improved our quality of life but also won the hearts of countless people. She has given us greater grins, more laughter, and sweeter kisses than we’ve ever experienced, as well as a purpose and delight that are beyond words. She has helped us see real beauty and genuine affection.
Courtney’s message served as a witness to the strength of an unchanging, unconditional mother’s love. It served as a timely reminder that every child, regardless of their talents or limitations, is flawless in their parents’ eyes. Emersyn’s tale is an inspiration to everyone because it shows how love can overcome uncertainty and anxiety.