The doctor recommended termination using the drug misoprostol, but the drug did not work and a follow-up scan showed the foetus was still alive.
Later scans revealed the baby had fluid on the brain - a condition likely caused by the abortion drug Ms. Vanderhook had been given.
Despite 6 other specialist opinions that the baby would be born normal, Ms. Vanderhook says a senior obstetrician at Canberra Hospital continued to press her to terminate the baby, even at 31 weeks, when termination would have involved inducing labour.
"To have a baby induced and to watch him just die and not do anything about it? I was disgusted," Ms Vanderhook told the ABC.
The Vanderhook's barrister, Bernard Collaery, believes there is a simple explanation why the hospital was urging her to terminate the pregnancy.
"Away would go the litigation that might in the event of serious deformities produce a multi-million dollar verdict," he said.
Nick Tomlinson, a senior geography major, disagreed.
"[A fetus] is just a string of cells," Tomlinson said. "It's not a human yet. That's the difference."