She came for a pregnancy test unsure of what her next step would be. The test result was positive, which was not the result she had hoped for. Due to an injury, she had lost her job and the father of the baby was pushing her to get an abortion. Now what?
A Client Advocate listened as she expressed the challenges she faced. After discussing all of her options, the client seemed intent on keeping the baby. However, we encouraged her to have an ultrasound to confirm her pregnancy. A date for the appointment was set and the father was encouraged to attend as well.
To the client’s astonishment, she was carrying twins. Twins ran in her family, but it was still quite a shock to see two babies on the ultrasound screen. This seemed to confirm her decision to continue the pregnancy.
The Client Advocate encouraged her to see an OB to get prenatal care. In addition, she invited her to attend the Ready on Arrival classes, which she faithfully did. One day she dropped by to tell us that she was having a boy and a girl. It was evident she was delighted with the news, even though the father continued to suggest she abort.
She was hospitalized for several months before her due date. The babies were born a month early. A few weeks later she came to pick up her “Mommy Basket” filled with new items for the twins. She was smiling ear to ear. As she left the center she turned to the Client Advocate and said, “Tell everyone at Care Net PRCs, ‘thank you for all you did for me. I wouldn’t have gotten through this without your support!’”