Lucy: I Am Not Alone, There is Hope!
Lucy came to Your Options Medical feeling discouraged and defeated. She is new to this country and has a four year old son. After finding out she was pregnant, she knew she had no option but to get an abortion. She was separated from the father and felt so alone. Her cousin, Juan accompanied her to translate. She only spoke Spanish and understood very little English. When Lucy found out the nurse she would meet with spoke Spanish, she was delighted and her stress level lowered dramatically!
Lucy thought she was only six or seven weeks pregnant and was planning to take the abortion pill. During the ultrasound, Lucy saw a healthy 13 week old baby moving and sucking his thumb! She was surprised she was so far along, however, she still felt like she could not have a baby now. She felt trapped by the thought that she needed an abortion.
When a nurse called to follow up with this patient, she was adamant about needing to get an abortion. She had already made plans to go and get an abortion. The nurse she spoke with was heartbroken for this Mama. She prayed that God would use her to minister to Lucy and speak the truth in love. She called the Spanish-speaking Advocate and asked that she call Lucy as well to show her how much we at Your Options care. Lucy was so encouraged by the conversation she had with the advocate.
Two weeks later, Lucy called to say that she was going to keep her baby! That she realized she was not alone and that there were resources and people who cared about her situation. She stated that she was grateful for our help and information we provided, but especially for our concern and prayers!
Terry: Homeless & Escaping Abuse, How Can I Have a Baby Now?
Terry came to Your Options Medical after having visited a local emergency room with stomach pain. She had been told she was 6 weeks pregnant. Being taken completely by surprise, Terry decided she needed to have an abortion. She was living in a shelter with her four year-old daughter after having escaped an abusive boyfriend. The father of the child she was now carrying was already in another relationship before he met Terry and was expecting his third child. Terry just knew she could not have a baby right now.
During her appointment, Terry received an ultrasound and options counseling. Your Options’ staff encouraged Terry to take her time and consider all the information she had received while reassuring her this was not a journey she had to take alone. Your Options would be there for her. The nurse answered her many questions and Terry left feeling uncertain of what to do.
Terry agreed that the staff could follow up with phone calls to check in and see how she was doing. After several calls, Terry shared that she had decided to keep the baby. She was trying to get back on her feet, but uncertain of how she would be able to purchase all the items needed for a newborn. Your Options’ staff and volunteers got together and decided they would help Terry by hosting a baby shower for her. When she heard the news, Terry was moved to tears by this great act of kindness. She could not believe how gracious and generous all these ladies were. They barely knew her and yet they were keeping their promise of walking alongside her through this very uncertain journey.
Terry gave birth to a handsome baby boy, August. They are doing well and she is slowly getting back on her feet with her sweet family. This May, Terry will be celebrating her first Mother’s Day as a Mama of two!
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