Isaiah’s Promise was founded in 1995 to provide families, who decide to carry to term after receiving a severe or fatal prenatal diagnosis, support, information, friendship and hope. We understood, first-hand, the need to support these families who, after making this courageous, loving decision to continue the pregnancy, often feel isolated and alone. We draw on our own experiences - both of us carried to term after receiving a prenatal diagnosis that our babies’ conditions were “incompatible with life.” Francis LaHood diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease and Angela Mayer-Whittington diagnosed with Trisomy 18 died shortly after their births. Their lives though brief changed our lives forever. Every baby is important, every life has significance.
We met through a Washington, D.C. area branch of the support group called MIS – miscarriage, infant death and stillbirth. In sharing our experiences with each other, we realized the value of sharing our experiences with others. The name Isaiah’s Promise is taken from a Bible verse of the book of Isaiah that says “See I will not forget you, I have carved you on the palm of my hand.” Through Isaiah’s Promise, we help families celebrate and memorialize their baby’s life no matter the circumstances or duration.
Over the years, we have helped hundreds of families in the Washington Metropolitan area and across the nation reframe their expectations. We help them grieve the baby they were expecting and accept and love the baby they are going to have. Through emails and phone conversations we help families walk the path of an uncharted pregnancy – one that has more questions than answers. We can’t take away the sorrow or the pain but we can help ease the loneliness. We give families the opportunity to share their anger, frustration and sadness by providing a safe place where they will receive unconditional support.
We answer questions and provide resources to help them become better informed so as to reduce some of the unnecessary anxiety. We help prepare a birth plan to give our families some measure of control over a situation that is mostly out of their control. Through our growing network of support, we provide numerous personalized keepsakes for the families. We have a network of prayer partners who keep the baby and the whole family in their thoughts and prayers.