Empowering Women: A Client Story

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A couple of week ago, a woman named Hannah* came in for a pregnancy test. With three children already at home, she was afraid the baby’s father would not be supportive and that she would end up raising another child by herself. Overwhelmed by her circumstances, Hannah was certain she wanted an abortion.

Haley (her advocate) and I offered an ultrasound, but Hannah made it clear that she did not want to see the baby.  Haley and I listened as Hannah shared her concerns and anxieties about adding another child to her family. We talked with her about the three options before her: abortion, adoption, or parenting.

Hannah opened up about her life and even shared that she’d had a previous abortion. After much listening and discussing her options, we offered an ultrasound once more, and this time Hannah agreed.The baby was kicking and flipping and the heartbeat was very strong. Hannah decided to watch the screen during the ultrasound while I pointed out the heartbeat and the visible anatomy of the baby. As Hannah watched, tears began to fill her eyes. She asked for an ultrasound picture to take home with her.

So many women are confused about their pregnancy and the decisions they must make. Our desire is to empower women to make life-affirming choices by providing practical support, education, and resources.

In a moment of crisis, most people feel a sense of panic and urgency, as if they must come up with a solution as quickly as possible in order to make the crisis disappear. This is true of many of the women we meet. They feel they need to make a decision quickly; but their decision—no matter what it is—will have consequences that last a lifetime.  We want to provide a safe place where these women can discuss all their options with nurses and advocates without fear of judgment. We want to share unfiltered truth in love and to equip each woman to make a fully informed decision.

Ultrasound picture in hand, Hannah left that day still unsure what she would do. We’ve been unable to connect with her again since then, and so we may never know her final decision. We believe Hannah knows that she is valued and cared for by us, and that even if she does choose to abort, we are here to love her and provide support.

At GPCC, we believe that every life has value and deserves dignity, and we are committed to serving the women we meet before, during, and after their unplanned pregnancy.

*Client’s name has been changed.

 

Charlotte Haywood is one of our staff RNs at GPCC. She has many years of experience in the public health arena, especially related to STD testing and treatment. Charlotte is married and is actively involved with her church family at Cornerstone Baptist Church.

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