Trisha* was no stranger to motherhood. When she came to the Center for a pregnancy test she brought her toddler with her. She also had older children at home. Trisha loved being a mother, but when asked about her current pregnancy, Trisha stated, “Honestly, I’m thinking about having an abortion.” She explained that this pregnancy was a surprise. She and her boyfriend had started dating not long before. They had discussed started a family together and were looking forward to having children in the future, but when she told him she was pregnant and thinking about having an abortion he told her that was the right decision for this pregnancy. After more consideration, Trisha became unsure about it.
Though she was still leaning towards having an abortion when she came to the Center, she was reconsidering whether or not that would be the best decision. Trisha’s grandmother, whom she was very close to, had recently passed away. As she talked through her loss Trisha said, “I know she would have wanted me to keep this baby.” She then went on to say she had the support of both her immediate and extended family. As she continued talking to her client advocate, Trisha recounted the story of a stillbirth she had experienced. As she talked about the baby she had lost, Trisha said, “I know how hard it was to go through all of that, and if I had an abortion I would be making the choice to go through all that pain again. And if I did, I would be the one who caused it.” Though her relationship with her boyfriend was not good, Trisha did not think it would survive if she had an abortion. She left the Center rethinking what she wanted to do for her pregnancy.
Once an ultrasound appointment was available, Trisha’s client advocate called her to see if she would be interested in coming in, and Trisha immediately booked the appointment.
Trisha’s ultrasound revealed images of her 9 week old baby. She started smiling the moment she saw her baby on the monitor screen. She asked the ultrasound tech many questions, and took a video of her baby’s tiny beating heart.
Trisha left with pictures of her baby, and with joy in her heart. Before she left, she filled out a survey letting us know how she felt. Her words mean so much to us, and we want to share them with you, so that you can be blessed, too! The handwritten portion below was taken from her post-ultrasound survey. We were so grateful for the opportunity to be there for Trisha when she needed our support!
*Name changed to protect client confidentiality