I was asked to write our story for a non-profit organization that helped us get the supplies we needed with our surprise baby, so I thought I’d share it here. Pregnancy Care Line has been a big help for us, and they help a lot of women, I just wish more women knew about them. They help with unplanned pregnancies in a positive environment, no more cold, sterile, abortion clinics. And they help women who have been traumatized after an abortion, as well as many other services. There so much more out there than women know of. And I found all this out when I took a picture of a sign in a mall for my cousin who thought she was pregnant.
We weren’t supposed to be able to get pregnant. Even the doctors didn’t think we could. So when I developed morning sickness, it would be 2 months before we would find out I was pregnant. The doctors had prescribed a medication for the nausea believing it was from the antibiotics I had taken. For some reason, that order never reached the pharmacy. If it had, it would have been very bad for the baby. The doctors never tested to see if I was pregnant. But when I was still sick after 2 months, I thought maybe I would take a test, just for kicks and giggles. My husband was at work, it was the middle of the day when I sent him a text message that the test was positive. I was on medication that your not supposed to take while pregnant and I see specialist that usually have 3-6 month waiting lists. We knew the Lord was with this child when we started calling for appointments. That Monday we went to our regular family physician, walked in first thing in the morning and was seen within minutes, and they’re not a walk-in. We called the other 2 specialists and they had cancellations the same week, we were seen within a few days, a true miracle.
We wanted to keep it a secret until after the first Trimester, but with my dad near death, we thought the news might bring my mom hope. She bought us a crib the next day. Within a week everyone knew. As nervous as we were, it just felt right, we could feel that God was with us, everything was just falling into place. But we had no idea how we would afford a baby with both of us out of work.
A few months later, I had to find maternity clothes for a seasonal job. I soon discovered that none of the chain stores carried maternity clothes anymore. Also couldn’t find them at the familiar second hand shops. With my son already 10 years old, I had no idea where baby places were. I called everywhere, got so many referrals, and no help. Well, I had taken a picture of a sign in the mall for my cousin, who was being risky with her boyfriends, and decided to call Pregnancy Care to see if they knew of any other places I could get help with clothing. I had no idea of all the services they provided, I thought they just helped with unwanted pregnancies. They have been the biggest blessing to us. We tell everyone we know about them.
Each meeting with the counselors is uplifting and helpful. Many things we, as time worn parents, already knew, but had forgotten; but there have been many things we didn’t. The sessions have shown us new methods of understanding our baby before she even new how to communicate. The resources and other things the center has provided has meant a great deal.