Surrogate Mom Refused To End Pregnancy After Learning Baby Has Down Syndrome

Andrea Ott-Dahl agreed to be a surrogate for a family friend who couldn’t get pregnant for seven years. The day had come where Ott-Dahl and her surrogate family got to see a picture of their baby during an NT Scan.

The family was overjoyed to see the baby kicking and spinning, and were even planning her future. That quickly changed and the family switched to talking about ending the child’s life when they found out she had Down Syndrome.

“She did have Down Syndrome and we were also told the baby could have a severe deformity. She could have autism, she could be blind. And a list of other things,” Keston Ott-Dahl, Andrea's partner said, according to the Independent Journal.

The couple no longer wanted the baby, and everyone around the Ott-Dahls of California was encouraging them to terminate. Andrea couldn’t make the call and passed the responsibility to Keston who reportedly had a fear of people with Down Syndrome.

After watching the videos of people with Down Syndrome, Keston made her decision.

“I told Andrea that the baby was sick and she needed love,” she said. “So we decided to keep her and save her and raise her ourselves. For a brief moment, the intended moms threatened to sue us and tried to force us to terminate.”

In addition, the doctors didn’t expect the baby to even survive. But baby Delaney proved them all wrong.

She’s hit many development milestones before children with Down Syndrome typically do and is on target developmentally with children who don’t have Down Syndrome. Keston has written a book about her experience and how it has made her a better person.

Source: Independent Journal
Photos: Independent Journal, Pexels, Keston and Andrea Ott-Dahl/Facebook, People

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