Courtney Williams Baker has been thinking a lot about what she’s wanted to say to the doctor who recommended she terminate her pregnancy due to her baby having a Down syndrome diagnosis. Apparently, the doctor told Baker having a child with Down syndrome would lessen her family’s quality of life. The Florida mom of three, however, is finally airing her frustrations with this advice.
Two weeks ago, Baker and her daughter, Emersyn, who will turn two next February, slipped the letter she wrote in the mailbox. In a Facebook post from April, which she recently shared it on the Parker Myles blog where it has gone viral with 7,000 likes and over 3,000 shares, Baker explained why she wrote the letter:
“This took so long to write because I understand how important it is. I wanted it to be perfect. Just like Emmy.”
This is what she said in the letter:
“I came to you at the most difficult time in my life. I was terrified, anxious, and in complete despair. I didn’t know the truth yet about my baby, and that’s what I desperately needed from you. But instead of support and encouragement, you suggested we abort our child.
The most difficult time in my life was made nearly unbearable because you never told me the truth. My child was perfect.
[I am] sad that the tiny beating hearts you see every day don’t fill you with a perpetual awe.”
So my prayer is that no other mommy will ever have to go through what I did. And my prayer is when you see that next baby with Down syndrome lovingly tucked in her mother’s womb, you will look at that mommy and see me, then tell her the truth…‘Your child is absolutely perfect.’”
Baker describes Emersyn as a joyful baby, who joined her other daughters, 15-year-old Rhyan, and 11-year-old Evynn, as having “given us a purpose and a joy that is impossible to express. She’s given us bigger smiles, more laughter and sweeter kisses than we’ve ever known. She’s opened our eyes to true beauty and pure love.”
Of course, we believe that a woman should make the best decision possible for herself when it comes to medical termination. As such, we’re glad Baker made the best choice for her and her family, and we are extremely happy that Emersyn is part of such a loving and supportive home.