The following story comes from Human Coalition – Pittsburgh.
I was twenty-four, out of a job, a young mom, and pregnant again. My boyfriend and I were exhausted, discouraged, and poor. When we first found out I was pregnant, we became scared and anxious. Even the idea of raising another child worried us.
I was also terrified to tell my family that I was pregnant again—I feared it would just confirm that I was a failure.
We felt like abortion was our only option. We could just push this under the rug, right?
Soon after I found out I was pregnant, I was on my way to the grocery store and happened to look out my car window. A big blue and pink bus caught my eye. In bold letters, the side of the bus read “Free sonograms! You have options!”
We hadn’t made a decision about the baby yet, so I figured I would at least take a peek at the bus. I pulled a quick u-turn.
I walked into the bus and was greeted by the sweetest nurse. I told her I was interested in a free ultrasound and went on to share my story with her. She listened to my concerns and fears about parenting a second child during this difficult time in my life. I felt like she cared deeply for me and for my family.
She had me lay down for an ultrasound, where I could clearly see the image of my child. I had no idea how big it would be! It even had a heartbeat! Seeing those clear signs of life on the screen made me realize that I wanted to continue this pregnancy and raise my child. If I hadn’t stepped onto that bus, I never would have truly known the facts about my pregnancy and the growth and life of my child.
While I was relieved by my choice, I was still scared to tell my boyfriend and our families. The nurse offered me counsel on how to tell my family about my pregnancy. Her advice empowered me to share my story confidently with others.
To my surprise, my boyfriend and our families were really excited about the news. My mom even offered to babysit our two kids if I needed to go back to work. I never realized how proud they were to be grandparents.
I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to make an informed choice regarding my pregnancy. Raising two children comes with its challenges, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. And my daughter loves being a big sister! Thank you!
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