I can’t say it enough, the Little White House is a place of true miracles. We often hear, when people walk in for the first time, that the loving, peaceful energy can be felt the moment they enter the front door. It doesn’t seem possible that this little Center, funded solely by our loyal donors (we receive zero funding from any government entity), continues to serve our community’s most vulnerable after nearly 30 years! That alone is a testimony to the miracle that is the Pregnancy Crisis Center.
We are excited to begin sharing some of our extraordinary stories with you on a regular basis. Our first story is one of amazing courage, resilience, and love. This young mom (we will call her Sally, in order to protect her privacy) came in recently and was pretty far along in pregnancy. She was having difficulty establishing prenatal care, so she came to us for help in getting her Medicaid started and to find a provider who would take her on this late in pregnancy.
When she first discovered she was pregnant, Sally wasn’t sure the timing was right. She made an appointment with an abortion clinic and was given the “abortion pill”. She took it as directed and went about living life, believing that the pregnancy was behind her and she could work on her many life goals. About six weeks later, Sally had still not had a monthly cycle, but she just assumed her body was still adjusting to the pregnancy and termination. Then, she started feeling “little flutters.” At this point, she took an at-home pregnancy test and was shocked when it was positive.
She returned to the clinic that gave her the pill to terminate the pregnancy and told them it didn’t work and she was still pregnant. Their response was that the baby will surely die and if baby didn’t die, it would most certainly have many issues. Their recommendation was to schedule the surgical procedure to terminate the pregnancy once and for all, for the baby’s sake. Sally, being the strong, courageous, self-assured young woman that she is, ignored their recommendation and sought out other doctors’ opinions because she didn’t trust the clinic anymore. She felt in her heart that if the pill didn’t work, there was a reason and she was supposed to give birth and parent this child.
Shortly after her second visit to the abortion clinic, Sally made an appointment to come talk with us. We did all of the usual procedures, administered a pregnancy test, gave Proof of Pregnancy to get Medicaid started, reviewed our resource list to get her connected with the community services she needed. She gave me permission to check in on her every now and then to be sure she and baby were doing well. So, I did.
First text, I checked to be sure she was able to get her Medicaid established and had a doctor’s appointment. Next text, a few days after her first doctor’s appointment and sonogram, Sally excitedly shared, “It’s a boy!” and she is so excited! She went on to share, “they said that everything is going perfect and that most of his organs were already done forming when they gave me the pill.” Then, all of sudden, on my computer screen appeared sonogram photos of a beautiful, healthy, perfectly formed baby boy! I sat, staring in absolute awe at the sonogram photos, with tears running down my cheeks.
Baby boy is due to arrive in December. Could there possibly be a more perfect Christmas gift? We think not! Would you join us in keeping Sally and her baby in your thoughts and prayers? I look forward to sharing an update (with Sally’s permission) after her sweet boy comes into the world!