Laura’s Story

The following story comes from Alpha Pregnancy Help Center in Merced, CA. Laura was their first client to choose life on their Stork Bus. Not only is her story special, but Laura is now volunteering with this center because of the impact they had on her life.

I went to the clinic near my house and found out I was pregnant. The doctor clearly wasn’t happy with me being pregnant. She immediately recommended abortion.

I didn’t want that.

I didn’t know where to go, who to call, or what to do.

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My cousin told me about Alpha. She told me they had a beautiful van that traveled to our area. I was skeptical.  “A pregnancy mobile van? What even is that?”

Eventually she convinced me to give it a try, and from the moment I arrived, I knew this was where I was supposed to be. I loved it. It wasn’t what I initially thought it would be. It was very clean and professional. The women there treated me with respect. I felt like they actually cared.

I was very early in my pregnancy, roughly 6 weeks, but they showed me an ultrasound.

The nurse really helped me.

She made an appointment for me with a new doctor. One I could trust.  I’m pretty sure if I asked, she’d have walked into the doctor’s office with me.

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Michelle was the name of the nurse who helped me. I won’t ever forget her smile. For the first time in my pregnancy, I found someone who genuinely cared. She helped me with next steps, talked to me about getting my house ready, helped me sign up for parenting classes, and connected me with resources in my community I didn’t even know existed.

As if that wasn’t enough, she listened to me as I shared my family issues with her and took the time to pray with me. She kept in touch with me and actually cared.

This month, my son Jesús will be 5 months old.

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