Pieta Shakes is a Teaching and Research Academic within the Master of Nursing program at James Cook University, a credentialed mental health nurse and the Executive Director of Through the Unexpected. Pieta has a particular interest in, and an emerging program of research, related to the psychosocial aspects of prenatal diagnosis. She has postgraduate qualifications in mental health nursing, diagnostic genomics and higher education innovative teaching and learning. Pieta is in the final stage of her PhD research into the maternal lived experience of receiving a prenatal diagnosis of agenesis of the corpus callosum, a topic was inspired by her own experience after receiving unexpected news at 32 weeks gestation.