Kim is 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.
Her name has been changed but her story is true.
When I arrived at Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers, I met with a peer counselor named Julie who I would continue to meet with every week during the Journeys program. She was terrific. I was falling apart at the seams. I had been through domestic violence, 2 surgeries in my 1st trimester, and being abandoned by my son’s father solely because he did not want to marry someone from a different race and religious background. I was heartbroken and physically fragile.
My Doctor . . . My Lifesaver
One of the first things Julie did was have me talk with the nurse. The nurse then referred me to Advice & Aid’s doctor, an OB/GYN who accepted low-income patients like me (I had to stop working due to my failing health). He was great. When I met with him the first time it felt like he spent 2 hours listening to me. Even years later, he is still my OB/GYN, which shows the impact he made on me. He got me back to health to the point I was even able to begin working again toward the end of my pregnancy. If it had not been for him, I don’t know if I would have been able to carry my son to term. He was truly a lifesaver.
The Journeys program at Advice & Aid involves weekly meetings with your peer counselor and watching videos to learn about pregnancy and birth. Having taken Anatomy & Physiology classes in college and shadowed physicians in a Labor & Delivery Unit as part of a Health Careers class, I thought I pretty much knew all I needed to know. I realized how much I didn’t know from watching the videos and talking with Julie. I’m thankful for that part of the program because I would have probably panicked when I got home with my newborn and realized how little I knew about taking care of an infant alone. By the time I finished the weekly program, I felt much better prepared to bring my son home and much more aware of what I needed to do to care for him.
Able to Move On
When I graduated, I was floored by the generosity of this organization. They gave me everything I needed to take care of my son – all of the things that I did not have and could not afford. There was a beautiful dresser full of clothes and blankets, a crib, a changing table, diapers, baby books, formula, and so much more – everything that a new mom would need to take care of her baby. I was absolutely speechless and humbled by their kindness and generosity. I felt that they loved my son as a family would. It was truly heartwarming and I will be forever grateful.