Be Not Afraid (BNA) is a private non-profit organization which provides comprehensive case management to parents carrying to term following a prenatal diagnosis. Our staff and peers strive to develop a relationship of trust while providing for the emotional and tangible needs of parents at diagnosis, during pregnancy, at birth and during the post postpartum period for up to one year. We believe that every baby is a gift, and we support parents not only in advocating for basic care, but also in obtaining the treatment they deem appropriate for their child after birth no matter the diagnosis. We follow the ethical teaching of the Catholic Church, but serve parents of all denominations.
“From the very beginning BNA support was like your best friend holding your hand. They were there for all the questions, tears, planning, and support we needed. Their gentle loving guidance was always just a phone call away. We felt safe with Jaxon's diagnosis working with and leaning on BNA. They helped us through each task and difficult moment leading up to the arrival of our son. In the moments, hours, and days following his death and birth Tracy and Judy were there to hold us and shine a light into the darkness of our grief. They continue to bless us with their ministry and abundance of love. We have felt supported and safe every step of the way along our journey.”
—Baby Jaxon's Mom August 8th, 2019
“My family and I are blessed to have BNA in our lives. They have been supportive, caring, compassionate, and thoughtful. They assisted us in locating doctors who respected our wishes and were willing to treat our daughter like any other baby in spite of her prenatal diagnosis. They provided education, resources, and referrals. They made sure our birth plan would be honored. We would not have known what to without them, and we are thankful for everything they have done for us.” —Mom of Baby Jordana Desiree, † June 7th, 2019
“BNA helped support, guide and prepare me on what to expect with my son's suspected and later confirmed diagnosis of Trisomy 13. They helped us write a birth plan that was accepted and respected by my doctors. They taught me to assert myself without being angry. Most of all they helped me and my family not feel so alone when dealing with a terrible situation.”
—Mom of Baby Evan Richard, January 7, 2019 - January 14, 2019