The writer of this story has willingly giving us permission to share her story so that others can realize there is hope in the midst of a difficult situation. All client experiences with Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers are kept with the highest confidence. The stories that are shared come from the real-life experiences that our clients, staff and volunteers had during their unplanned pregnancy.
Not the Right Time . . . What Will My Parents Think?
I took three pregnancy tests before going to Advice & Aid Pregnancy Center.
I was so scared because I didn’t know what would happen if I were to be pregnant. I was living in Saint Louis, while my boyfriend was still here in Kansas City. I was only supposed to be home for the summer. Even if long distance wasn’t an issue, there were still many other issues. We are both young. We can’t afford a child. We are both in college pursuing degrees. The worst of all was one question: What are my parents going to say? My parents are extremely strict and I was so nervous about how they would react if I were to be pregnant. I put all my worries aside and tried to take things one step at a time.
Taking it in Steps: First Step, Confirmation
Our first step would be to confirm the pregnancy. My boyfriend and I went to the Advice & Aid office in Overland Park to get a pregnancy test, where we met our Client Advocate, Tiffany. She was there with us while we started our crazy journey. She broke the news to us that I was indeed pregnant. She was there for us while we cried together, overwhelmed with emotions. This was my first experience with the Advice & Aid community.
Second Step: Help with a Plan
The next step for me was to make a plan of how I could still get my degree and raise a child. I was able to transfer schools so that I could stay in Kansas City. Eventually I was able to find a place to live with my boyfriend. We continued to go to meetings within the program.
We received a pack ‘n play, which we use all the time. We are also so grateful to receive many diapers and wipes each month. In addition to everything, we also were able to pick many clothing items for our new baby to wear.
Now a Family of 3: Blessed & Grateful
Our baby girl was born in early January and we were so blessed to have everything we needed for her. She has already grown so much and I have been able to return to the Advice & Aid Connections education program.
Not only did Advice & Aid provide the material things we needed to prepare for her, but it also gave us a good support system with people to talk to. I don’t know what we would have done if I hadn’t booked that appointment and met Tiffany last year!
Does her story strike a chord in you?
You see, just because you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy doesn’t mean that you don’t have choices. You do! And, like the young woman in the story above, you can choose to be strong, make it through, and experience a something beautifully unexpected.
And the real beauty is that you don’t have to do this alone!
Start with the easy step of scheduling an appointment. Come talk to us. No pressure, no judgment, no agenda. Here, you’ll simply find honesty, acceptance and a friend.